Ensete Maurelli, storing in compost vs drying out?

Blairs

Re: Ensete Maurelli, storing in compost vs drying out?

Post by Blairs » Wed Mar 26, 2014 6:03 pm

I dry stored my Maurelli but left most of the large roots intact. The ventricosum was dry stored with most of the roots intact but I potted up in dryish compost a few months back. Both are throwing up new leaves now - potted up and watered 2 weeks ago or so:
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Ensete ventricosum after winter 2013, spring 2014
Ensete ventricosum after winter 2013, spring 2014
Ensete maurelli after winter 2013, spring 2014
Ensete maurelli after winter 2013, spring 2014

cordyman

Re: Ensete Maurelli, storing in compost vs drying out?

Post by cordyman » Wed Mar 26, 2014 6:33 pm

i kept mine going all winter on a drip of water once every 2 weeks. All seem ok and have new rollers! icon_cheers

Dry method = never again possibly icon_scratch

fern Rob

Re: Ensete Maurelli, storing in compost vs drying out?

Post by fern Rob » Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:52 pm

I have also kept mine in a pot and watered over winter.

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Re: Ensete Maurelli, storing in compost vs drying out?

Post by Tom2006 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:07 pm

Just potted up my dry ones. Not looking good.
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Re: Ensete Maurelli, storing in compost vs drying out?

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:12 pm

As I said on this thread (albeit hinibas and montys) doing well after complete bare root dry storage.


http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk/forum/v ... &start=120

piechnik99

Re: Ensete Maurelli, storing in compost vs drying out?

Post by piechnik99 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:23 pm

fern Rob wrote:I have also kept mine in a pot and watered over winter.
I kept mine growing at the back of the living room the winter before last, that was until the better half told me they wouldn't be overwintered in the house again... :lol:

Looking to plant in a small pot over the weekend, fingers crossed! icon_sunny

GREVILLE

Re: Ensete Maurelli, storing in compost vs drying out?

Post by GREVILLE » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:58 pm

I kept maurellii active at my local school until last month. It was borrowed for a classroom display but was 'attacked' by a young hooligan according to the shame-faced teacher who took it for her class without my permission. The top of the stem and all the leaves were bent over and the entire plant had been pulled out of it's pot. It had been left like this for four days until I came in to water everything.

Drying out method to the rescue. I cut off the top and trimmed what was left of the roots keeping it in an empty pot in the cool garage for two weeks. For the last two weeks it has been potted up 50/50 MPC and perlite in the boiler cupboard and given small amounts of water. Pleased to say the top is moving and plenty of new roots are showing.

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Re: Ensete Maurelli, storing in compost vs drying out?

Post by Rabbie » Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:05 am

I stand them bare rooted in terracotta pots, its great for drying and keeping them dry.

piechnik99

Re: Ensete Maurelli, storing in compost vs drying out?

Post by piechnik99 » Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:36 am

Rabbie wrote:I stand them bare rooted in terracotta pots, its great for drying and keeping them dry.
When you pot them back up do you soak them before planting, or plant them in dryish compost?

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I've just stumbled across Yorkshire Kris very informative videos on Youtube on potting up ensette tubers, looks like there is some great tips across the exotics range on there.... :D

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