This large annual banana with ornamental foliage lends an exotic and tropical aura to the home and/or landscape with large paddle shaped leaves with a burgundy back. Ensete is a dramatic addition to a sunny garden or planted container. Grows best in a sheltered location out of the wind.
Ensete may be grown either directly in the ground or in containers. Plants survive best in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Plants tolerate and often appreciate some part shade or light filtered sun in the heat of the day. Plants need consistently moist soils and do not allow to dry out. Fertilize plants regularly. Protect plants in areas void of strong winds which can severely damage the large leaves. For containers, use a well-drained potting soil mix. Keep container soils consistently moist but not wet.