Wayne Curtis-dixon Posts: 23
Hi all. I've kind of fallen in love with ensete ventricosum (big red banana plant) and have decided I have to have one after seeing monty and his on GW a few weeks back. I'm not an expert gardener (actually I'm a mere novice) but I've got myself a small fern tree and as my garden is pretty much sheltered from strong winds I was thinking along the lines of an almost tropical garden (in one area at least). Have any of you got these? And what can you tell me about them in terms of care, suitability, feeding, overwintering etc. Your help will be appreciated Oh, one more thing. EBay... Is it a wise idea to buy without seeing?
Wayne I think you'll find this site interesting http://www.exoticgarden.com/
Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.
His were incredible, and what got me thinking was that it wasn't that long ago they came out after being overwintered so now might be the time to buy and establish.
And thanks dovefromabove, I'm just about to have a nosey
Most of the plants are from plant centres/ nurserys, etc., they have a reputation to uphold, more so than a local GC. If you don't like anything it's shown to the whole world so you will get a decent plant or your money will be refunded, they daren't risk bad feedback and if it goes on Facebook, that's really bad.
I bought three trees and five hedging bushes, one of the small hedging plants died after awhile, they just replaced the whole pack.
Make sure you read what you are going to get, not what's shown in the picture, like, they may show a three ft tree in the photo, and offer a 9cm pot!.
Wyevale garden centre near me has reduced all bananas f rom 15 quid to 5
I bought one last year reduced like this. I overwintered it in the greenhouse, potted it on in the spring. It is now huge.
You will need somewhere frost free to overwinter it.
thanks fidgetbones , methinks a trip to Wyvale tomorrow ( later to-day ) might be on the cards.
They had two or three sorts I think. Mine is maurelii
HAs anyone had any success growing from seed?