Plant Care Abyssinian banana

Abyssinian banana

3.8 out of 5 (4 experiences)

Abyssinian banana has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Abyssinian banana has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Abyssinian banana

Maurelii is a perennial cultivar in the Musaceae (banana) family. It is named for J. Maurel who drew attention from the French in Ethiopia to the native red-leaved 'banana' looking plant. It's best grown in full sun with some shade in the hotter portion of the day. Courtyards, atriums, and walled gardens are ideal.


Ensete ventricosum

Also known as

Enset, Ensete, Ethiopian banana and False banana

How to care for Abyssinian banana


How often to water your Abyssinian banana

Water needs for Abyssinian banana
0.5 cups
every 9

Abyssinian banana needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Tampa, Florida.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Abyssinian banana

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Abyssinian banana in Tampa, Florida

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Light needs for plant Abyssinian banana in Tampa, Florida

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 16th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Tampa is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determining…

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Light needs for plant Abyssinian banana in Tampa, Florida

Sunlight will increase by 10.1% ☀️

January 14th, 2022

Tampa is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Tampa is expected to increase by 10.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 11.7 megajoules of energy per m2 per d…

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Light needs for plant Abyssinian banana in Tampa, Florida

Daylight will increase by 0.3 hours 📈

January 14th, 2022

This month, Tampa is getting an average of 8.1 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 3.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.6 total hours of daylig…

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Finding light for Abyssinian banana in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Abyssinian banana: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Abyssinian banana love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Tampa, Florida ⛅.

Abyssinian banana does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Abyssinian banana

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Abyssinian banana: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Abyssinian banana after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Abyssinian banana can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Abyssinian banana

Abyssinian banana

Abyssinian banana

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Tampa, Florida, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Abyssinian banana has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Abyssinian banana has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
Abyssinian banana has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Marina avatar
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 472 XP
globe Enfield, England

Beautiful plant with amazing leaves but had one die on my rather quickly and this is my second on.
Got burned during a recent house move and it’s recovered a bit but I’m not holding my breath with this one!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Trin avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 70 XP
globe Lancaster, Ohio

they need to grow 44 leaves before they can grow bananas!!

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