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Red Banana Tree

Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii'

Size: Small
Pot: Eco Planter

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  • Pet Warning:Toxic To Ingest

  • Care Level:Plays Hard to Get

  • Overall Size: 6" to 8" W 10" to 14" H

The Ensete (Red Banana Tree) grow in a spiral from the short central stem and resemble banana leaves, except they have beautiful reddish leaves with a robust red midrib. The more sunlight it receives, the richer in color it displays in the summer months. Keep it in frost-free climates above 50°F. It's best to overwinter it as an indoor plant or in a greenhouse. It enjoys a moderately dry climate with low humidity.

Plant - Red Banana Tree
Plant - Red Banana Tree

About Red Banana Tree

In Thai folklore, the banana trees have a young female avenging spirit, Lady Tani, that floats around them. She appears on a full moon in traditional Thai clothing to the man who has mistreated her. In the wild, these trees display beautiful, vibrant flowers, symbolizing her beauty. Their leaves are considered to have magical powers for fertility and childbirth.

Care Level: Plays Hard to Get

Easy for beginners and a great starter plant!

Pet Friendly: Warning

Non-Toxic to cats, dogs and pets.


Native to Asia and Africa.

Fun Facts

Ensete, also known as enset, is an important food crop in Ethiopia, and an ornamental plant enjoyed in landscapes around the world. Though the bananas they produce are not edible, Ensete plants do produce food in the form of a starchy corm (underground storage organ) and a starchy stem base. When sun and good moisture are provided, it will give you a show to remember, especially if you are not from the tropics, as most would not expect such a large tropical specimen to be growing in your yard. But this is very doable if you store the plant appropriately over the winter and revive it to be planted again each year.

Plant - Red Banana Tree

Great For Spaces That…

  • Great for spaces with higher ceilings
  • Great for space with room for a grouping of plants
  • Great for spaces with bright indirect light
  • Great for spaces with shelving or with an upward climbing trellis

Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' Care Guide

  • High

    The more sun you can provide, the better.

  • Medium

    Be sure to water when you receive it. Enjoys being kept on the moist side but not soggy.

  • Low

    Requires no extra humidity.

  • 72 to 95

    Keep this plant in a room that is warm and humid with consistent temperatures between 75°F to 95°F.

  • 10|11

    Outside: Keep it in full sun (6-8 hours) on a patio where nights are above 57°F.

  • Monthly

    Apply a balanced, liquid fertilizer especially formulated for indoor plants every month.

  • 3 Years

    When receiving the Red Banana Tree, do not repot immediately but wait at least 6-12 months or if the roots are beginning to get crowded and growing through the drainage holes. 

    Repot in the spring, using a 2 inches bigger pot to keep the roots drier. (Too big of a planter could cause the soil to dry slower.) 

    Place a piece of screening at the bottom of the container over the drainage hole to secure the soil and allow it to drain. Use a well-draining indoor potting mix with perlite to help with drainage. 

    Water your plant in the old pot before transferring over and let it sit an hour.

    Add soil to the bottom to elevate the root ball. Lift the plant and release the roots against the existing planter. Use a clean knife or garden trowel to wedge between the pot and the soil to loosen. 

    Inspect the root ball. Notice if there are any dead or rotting roots and trim off with sterile pruners. If the plant is rootbound, loosen the roots to alleviate continued encircling. 

    Ensure the plant is sitting about 1 inch below the edge of the pot to avoid water spillage. Add more soil and backfill around the sides by tamping down. Fill up to the soil line but not over. 

    Water thoroughly, leaving the soil damp but not soggy. If settling occurs, add more soil. 

    Water well to dampen the soil and let it drain.

  • Monthly

    Gently wipe clean with a soft, damp cloth or paper towel. Work gently from the stem's base toward the leaf's tip, cleaning both sides at once. After cleaning the leaves, remove any dead leaves or debris on the surface of the soil. 

    Refreshen the soil mixture if needed. 

    Prune away damaged or diseased leaves down to the stem base with sterile pruners.

  • Division

    Propagate a Red Banana tree by division. When a sucker has produced on the parent plant, the "pups" will extract water and nutrients from the mother plant. It's best to perform the division when the pup grows up to one foot tall. Water your plant the night before to keep it well hydrated. Separate the parent plant from the pup and include its root system that should be establishing. Use a clean, sharp knife to separate the two. Put the new pup in a separate container with a well-draining mix using rooting hormone mixed into the soil. This added amendment will help prevent transplant shock. The new container shouldn't be more than two inches wider than the root system.  Leave an inch below the top of the container to prevent water spillage. Water well and enough that the water drains out of the drainage holes. Keep the soil moist consistently while the roots establish. Your plants may experience some wilting for the next two weeks but continue to water consistently and give it the bright, indirect light and humidity requirements it needs.

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