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Question: We recently bought an ensete ventricosum Manrelii. After it blooms at maturity, does it die back to the ground? When would that happen? It has a bar code sticker, marked

Answer: Ensete grows quickly to 15'-20' high and when mature it sends out a cylinder which contains flowers. After flowering, the plant dies to the ground. It then sends out new shoots from the crown of the plant. It takes only 2-5 years for this maturation process.

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