Ensete Maurelii sprouts pups after spring slug attack

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Ensete Maurelii sprouts pups after spring slug attack

Post by Dave Brown » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:17 am

I had a small Ensete overwintered in a 2 litre pot, which although late was doing quite well, however, like many plants it was overcome by the explosion in the slug population all hunting for succulent new shoots :roll:

The slugs got into the pseudostem and ate the middle out, leaving a hole where the growing point should have been. I didn't have time to investigate much and it was left in the Lunar Module for 2 months. Then last weekend I noticed it had grown another shoot from the hole. icon_thumright

Yesterday I got around to tidying it up, removing the old leaf bases, to find several new shoots coming from the rhizome :wink: There are roots emerging from the base of the new growth points, so I've buried them under new compost/perlite. These will be left for a week or so then I'll look at removing the sprouts to grow on as separate plants icon_thumright
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Post by pdid » Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:06 pm

Must be the first time anyone has ever been happy that slugs have munched growth point. Free plants, happy days!

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Post by cordyman » Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:47 pm

you do quite well with Ensete pups icon_thumleft

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Post by kata » Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:51 pm

Excellent Dave,

If you have any stand them on pebble. I have my Ensete, Basjoo, and Swartkof on pebbles and no damage.
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I need to take an image of all three, this is flanked by the other two..

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Post by Yorkshire Kris » Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:32 am

Next time get the slugs out on your 'Montbeliardii' and hiniba. :D

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Re: Ensete Maurelii sprouts pups after spring slug attack

Post by Dave Brown » Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:54 am

Yorkshire Kris wrote:Next time get the slugs out on your 'Montbeliardii' and hiniba. :D
How effective the slugs are seems to be dependent on the growth rate at the time Kris, I have had this happen twice with Maurelii in spring when growth was slow. 'Montbeliardii' on the other hand is faster growing even when cold, so outgrows the munchers. :wink: Hiniba is just plain ol' tough :lol:
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Re: Ensete Maurelii sprouts pups after spring slug attack

Post by Andy Martin » Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:58 am

My standard Ensete Ventricosum which is still in a pot has produced a pup but slugs or snails took no part in that process.

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Post by Tom2006 » Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:32 am

Some of mine are being ravaged by something eating all the leaves!!! icon_scratch
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Post by Panama Pete » Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:17 pm

Nothing munched here except for my 3 brugs and sunflowers. :shock:

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