Growing Ornamental Bananas – How To Grow A Red Banana Plant

By August 25, 2017Articles

Growing Ornamental Bananas – How To Grow A Red Banana Plant

By Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez, Plant Scientist & Writer There are many types of banana available to the home gardener, many of which produce copious amounts of fruit. But did you know there are also various types of the ornamental red banana plant too, specifically grown for their attractive red foliage color? Read on to learn more about these interesting plants. What is a Red Banana Tree? Ornamental red banana trees can belong to either the Ensete or Musa genera. Ensete, also known as enset, is an important food crop in Ethiopia and an ornamental plant enjoyed in landscapes around the world. Though the bananas they produce are not edible, Ensete plants do produce food in the form of a starchy corm (underground storage organ) and a starchy stem base. Enset farmers in Ethiopia dig up the corms and lower stems of mature trees and process them into bread or porridge.

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