Time for an update on the Bananas.

Lucy goes bananas

The Ensete ventricosum ‘Montbeliardii’ which has lived it up in the comfort of the lower greenhouse has now outgrown our 10 foot ceilings. This cultivar is our fastest growing banana producing 1 metre leaves at the rate of about one per week.

The soft 'collar' helps to consolidate the pseudostem

We’ve moved it to a spot under the sycamore which shades the sheds. We’re hoping there is sufficient shelter there as banana leaves are easily shredded by wind. It’s a beauty and, whilst there must be some in private gardens, there aren’t any that we know about in parks around here. Will it make 15 foot this year? Come and see for yourself – it’s just behind the seating circle.

The Sikki is on to its fourth leaf

The Musa sikkimensis seems to have established well in the seating bed. Our aim is to maintain this specimen in situ over the winter and we’ve chosen a spot where we think there is a warmer micro climate. Having been transplanted from an established outdoor clump it was much later into leaf than the Ensetes which were cosseted in a greenhouse. However next year our Ensetes will be later as we intend to dry them. The Sikki should have a complete canopy by the end of July.

Musa (AAA group) 'Dwarf Cavendish'

Our Musa (AAA group) ‘Dwarf Cavendish’ has been slow into growth this year but is now getting into its stride. We still have hope that this specimen will flower this year. The greenhouse is the only place for this specimen if we want it to prosper as it wants both heat and light.