Texas Gardening forum: Growing Ensete in North Texas(8a)

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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jun 18, 2013 10:40 AM CST
I saw some beautiful ensete maurelii at Home Depot today. I was wondering if they grow well in this area?
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jun 18, 2013 7:16 PM CST

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I don't think it will take a Plano winter, but you should buy one and enjoy it through the summer. When it begins to get cold, dig it up if you've planted it in ground, or take the pot in and enjoy it indoors as a house plant. Next spring, you'll be able to tell the rest of us how to overwinter one! I just treat them as an annual because I usually over water the ones I've had. You could possibly try digging up the tuber and ....nay, just enjoy it and take a chance.
Post your question to the Tropical forum also and see if you get a response.
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Birds Annuals Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Foliage Fan
Houseplants Xeriscape Orchids Clematis Salvias Seed Starter
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TexasPlumeria87
Jun 19, 2013 5:12 AM CST
Thanks so much Sandi. I read that it doesn't like the combination on high temperatures and high humidity. The ones at HD were so tall and beautiful, so I wanted to grow one. I would love to overwinter one in the house but I don't have a lot of window space or room. Sad I wonder if it would survive in an unheated shed? I successfully overwintered my Ice Cream banana in there. I'll post in the Tropicals forum. Thanks again Sandi. Thumbs up

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