The very first post on this blog was on our Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’ which is probably my favourite among all our conservatory plants. Here’s what it looked like in May 2013.
It’s in the big pot on the table at the back; this was shortly after we repotted it. The plant likes water and the pot has a water reservoir at the bottom; it’s what they call ‘self-watering’.
This is a fast grower and here it is in November 2013.
We’d had to move it to the floor (tricky because of its size and weight), but you may be able to tell that it had managed to reach the ceiling again from its new position!
In December 2013 it keeled over… it had become so top-heavy that it was impossible to stabilise, and after some agonising I decided to cut the stem.
It made me unhappy to see such a proud specimen reduced to this, but there was no other option. As I discovered while cutting, it wasn’t unstable merely because it had tall leaves; the stem itself was thick, saturated with water, and very heavy. I cut it rather far down to lower the centre of gravity.
After this shock, the Ensete spent a long while vegetating. Had it been able to speak, I dare say it would’ve given me an earful!
However, in February this happened.
A new leaf started shooting, tightly rolled up as always at the outset. It soon picked up speed and began to unroll.
You can see precisely where it was when I cut the stem! And now…
…another new leaf is following the first, this one intact. The bets are on for when the plant reaches the ceiling again!
I’m very happy that it’s decided to start growing again; I really felt it was missing from the conservatory where it adds a grand and exotic atmosphere. But I do hope it’ll be a while before it keels over next time.