Maurelii growth from January plug to October beast

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Maurelii growth from January plug to October beast

Post by fieldfest » Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:07 pm

cut my maurelii up today for storage, havent dug it up yet, just letting the wounds heal for a couple of days. its actually a tandarra red off ebay but i cant tell the difference to my maurelii's.

hoping this survives storage as im quite impressed with the growth in 1 season. only fed it a couple of times, mostly just watered it.

Jan 2011
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October 3rd 32" waist, biggest leaf 48" x 22" total height just under 6ft
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Re: Maurelii growth from January plug to October beast

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:09 pm

Excellent growth. They really do motor, I real wow plant.

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Re: Maurelii growth from January plug to October beast

Post by GREVILLE » Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:57 pm

Impressive, Dave icon_thumleft

This time next year that really will be some beast :D

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Post by sanatic1234 » Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:58 pm

I was like you last year Fieldfest. You wait till next year especially the circumference. I finished with 50cms last year on the circumference from a 15-20cm plug plant in feb, this year it is just over 63cm's! biggest leaf on mine this year just over 4ft in length, 1 and a half ft in width. But i have not gotten 6ft in height well done on that :-) that is good height in not even a year. Do you feed yours? I have only given mine fish,blood,bone in the early growing season, i stopped after that as my leafs kept on going a bit yellow round the edges. So i just stuck to water 2 times a day and its loved it. :-)

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Post by delboy12 » Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:01 pm

Wow Dave thats great,you just need to get it through winter now,good luck.

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Re: Maurelii growth from January plug to October beast

Post by Dave Brown » Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:04 am

fieldfest wrote:cut my maurelii up today for storage, havent dug it up yet, just letting the wounds heal for a couple of days. its actually a tandarra red off ebay but i cant tell the difference to my maurelii's.
This is why there is so much confusion, over naming. Everyone sees a Red Ensete and says "Maurelii". There could be as many as 80 Red Ensete variants in Ethiopia :wink:

There are very unlikely to be any new introductions if they are just called a marketing ploy, and renamed 'Maurelii'. Some upper level red Ensete at the 3300m mark, survive -3C in the open, as opposed to Maurelii's +3C. The biggest travesty would be, if it was called Maurelii, and not properly tested here. :roll:

Dave, you probably had 6 to 8 weeks more growing in your location :ahhh!: :ahhh!: :ahhh!:
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Re: Maurelii growth from January plug to October beast

Post by fieldfest » Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:09 am

its ok, i want to dig it up and dry it out before it rains, still got 2 more in the ground

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Re: Maurelii growth from January plug to October beast

Post by daz » Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:46 pm

does anybody on here keep them in pots and carry on growing them in the house over the winter months?Im going to try i think :) Im guessing its the dreaded red spider mite that would harm them.

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Post by flounder » Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:49 pm

daz, looking at the size of some of these its the ceiling thats the biggest problem :wink:

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Post by sanatic1234 » Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:51 pm

I did that last year, but didn't water and it did grow for most of the winter.
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Post by sanatic1234 » Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:55 pm

flounder wrote:daz, looking at the size of some of these its the ceiling thats the biggest problem :wink:
Not necessarily as you can cut the leafs off that grow, but thats up to personal preference. This was mine when i first dug it up a pre-potted till i added the perlite. the pic shows it a lot smaller but thicker trunk due to some water still inside the leaf bases.
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Re: Maurelii growth from January plug to October beast

Post by flounder » Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:56 pm

bit smaller last year though san. My missus won't allow me to have a 5ft ensete with a 4ft spread as a houseplant this year :(

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Re: Maurelii growth from January plug to October beast

Post by Dave Brown » Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:56 pm

If it is in a plastic pot it will retain a lot more moisture in the centre of the compost than you think. The best way of measuring is to use a moisture meter, which can be bought quite cheaply. If it is too moist take out of the pot and stand on a wad of newspaper :wink:
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Re: Maurelii growth from January plug to October beast

Post by sanatic1234 » Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:01 pm

The spread will be the leafs though won't it, which can be cut off so that will just leave 5ft height. The trunk itself will shrink when the water has left the plant and is dormant. which in theory should make it smaller. But yeah i know what you mean about tall plants and room.

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Re: Maurelii growth from January plug to October beast

Post by flounder » Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:05 pm

I'm going with DB's method this year, muller it, dump it in a too small a pot devoid of compost and wedge it in a corner, but with the finer details included icon_thumright

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