After Maurelli Freeze Back - How Big the Next Year?

love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)March 20, 2012

I just purchased my first Red Abyssinian Banana (Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelli') and have it planted in the ground with lots of amendments - manure, peat and bone meal - as I learned on this forum. Boy is he happy. New leaves already and smiles all around. :)

So here's my question. I live in Jacksonville, Florida, which is located in the northeast corner of the state. Even though yes, it is Florida, we get a couple of hard freezes every year - low of 27.6 this year for several hours. The freezes turn most everything brown and some tender plants freeze back to the roots. When a Maurelli freezes back, assuming it doesn't die, does it basically have to start over each year with new growth from the ground up? So will you have the same height plant - 4-6' - each year? Or will it come back a little bigger each year due to the established roots? What I'm trying to say is, will I ever have an 8' or 10' tall banana? Since it is planted in the ground, I won't be bringing it in, and it will only be heavily mulched for protection, so it will almost certainly get some freeze burn.

Thank you so much in advance!

Carol in Jacksonville

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jimhardy

If the trunk is alive it will take off from where it left off....

Mine last summer,the poor thing suffered in the heat !

And now...........3-11-12

Click for weather forecast

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 11:17AM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Jim,

Thanks so much for the reply and the photos. Wow, yours is huge! Does yours stay in the ground year-round? Or do you dig it up and take it in for the winter? In the bottom photo, was it being freshly planted for Spring, or were you just adding goodies/amendments?

Also, what is that wrapped around the trunk in the top photo?

Boy, I can't wait for mine to get that big. Here's how it looks today. It's about 2 1/2 feet tall:

Carol

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 9:47PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

This guy is putting up a new leaf about every three to four days. Unbelievable! He has four full leaves and is working on his fifth. I could make a photo flip book of its growth.

Carol

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 12:49AM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Five leaves up, working on the sixth!

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 11:07AM
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