Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’ or Red Abyssinian Banana is a cultivar of Ensete ventricosum, not a different species.
The big leaves are green and purple to brown.
Grows smaller than Ensete ventricosum.
Propagation by tissue culture or forcing suckers to grow by cutting the plant down to the ground.
Seeds are not sterile but only 1/10.000 will produce the red cultivar.
Red Abyssinian banana, red banana
Musa ‘Tandarra red’, Ensete ventricosum rubrum
Ensete: from a Gurage language, Ge’ez, inset (false banana)
Ventricosum: from the Latin ventricosus (ventricose, corpulent)
Maurelii: in honor of J. Maurel who first brought the plant to the attention of the French autorities in Ethiopia
Tropical east Africa
Marsh borders, river banks and open, moist mountain forests
USDA zone 9-11, -5 °C
Leaves and pseudo-stem will die at -1 °C
Rich and well drained
Sun, light, semi-shade
Doesn’t like too much humidity, let the soil dry out between waterings. Do not water the crown, it will not like it either.
Fertilise weekly during growing season with liquid universal fertilizer, monthly during winter
Tissue culture of by forcing the plant to produce suckers by cutting it down to the ground