Plant Care Ethiopian Banana

Ethiopian Banana

3.8 out of 5 (4 experiences)

Ethiopian Banana has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Ethiopian Banana has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Abyssinian banana, Abyssinian banana, Enset, Ensete, Ethiopian banana and False banana


Ensete ventricosum

How to care for Ethiopian Banana


How often to water your Ethiopian Banana

Water needs for Ethiopian Banana
0.5 cups
every 9

Ethiopian Banana needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

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 Ethiopian 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.

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Finding light for Abyssinian banana in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Ethiopian Banana: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Ethiopian Banana love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Ethiopian Banana does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Ethiopian Banana in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Ethiopian Banana

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Ethiopian 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 Ethiopian Banana after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Ethiopian 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 Ethiopian Banana

Ethiopian Banana

Ethiopian Banana

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Ethiopian Banana has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Ethiopian Banana has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
Ethiopian Banana has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Marina avatar
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 362 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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