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Musa Ensete Glaucum

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Snow plantain grows in the Himalayas up to an altitude of 3000 meters and is therefore resistant to low temperatures. In principle, this species can tolerate light frosts without shelter. However, if you wrap the plant well in winter in insulating material and give it a sheltered position, it can stay in the garden all year round. It is a fast grower with leaves measuring up to 3 meters and large greenish-white flowers.

Sowing instructions: Sand the seeds, soak for 48 hours in warm water and sow in sowing and cutting compost. Keeping the soil moist, cover with foil or glass and leave to germinate in a warm place. Germination can take several weeks to months.

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Description

Ensete glaucum, the snow banana, has also been classified as Musa nepalensis, Ensete giganteum, or Ensete wilsonii.
This gigantic monocarpic herbaceous plant is native to China, Nepal, India, Myanmar (Burma), and Thailand.
Ensete glaucum has a thick, waxy with sometimes bluish tinge, solitary pseudostem. It grows larger than the Abyssinian Banana (Ensete ventricosum).

Its leaves are 1.4–1.8 meters (4.6–5.9 ft) long and 50–60 centimeters (20–24 in) wide.

The plant is cultivated as an ornamental plant, for its unique swollen bulbous base and large leaves. and is used to feed pigs in parts of China.

In India the pulp of the fruit is eaten, considered highly medicinal, and given to infants and patients. Young shoots and a flowering part are eaten as a vegetable. The plant is used in religious and domestic celebrations.

It is easy to raise from seeds. It is an extremely fast growing banana given heat, but not as hardy as the Abyssinian Banana (Ensete ventricosum), and is not as well known

Ensete glaucum. a, b, Flowering plant; c, Mature inflorescence; d, Mature bud; e, Fruit; f, Immature inflorescence; g, Cross section of bud; h, Male flower; i, Female flower; j, Mature seeds.

It grows from 2,600–8,800 feet (790–2,680 m) in elevation.
The banana tree has a different shape on the stem of the fruit. The fruit stem is covered with green leaves resembling a dragon fruit but with a larger size and extends overhanging the heart of the banana. The heart of the banana is also green, not red like most other types of bananas.

Snow plantain grows in the Himalayas up to an altitude of 3000 meters and is therefore resistant to low temperatures. In principle, this species can tolerate light frosts without shelter. However, if you wrap the plant well in winter in insulating material and give it a sheltered position, it can stay in the garden all year round. It is a fast grower with leaves measuring up to 3 meters and large greenish-white flowers.

Sowing instructions: Sand the seeds, soak for 48 hours in warm water and sow in sowing and cutting compost. Keeping the soil moist, cover with foil or glass and leave to germinate in a warm place. Germination can take several weeks to months.

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Indonesia) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic

Biogeography

Native Distribution China, India, Nepal, Burma, Thailand
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Large herbs grow up to 6 m tall.
Foliage Leaves are solid green and oblong, measuring 1.5-1.8 m long and 0.5-0.6 m wide.
Stems The waxy coated pseudostem is made up of tightly-overlapping leaf sheaths.
Flowers The hanging inflorescence emerges at the tip of the pseudostem, can grow to 2.5 m long. The non-showy flowers are hidden under large green bracts.
Fruits Fruits are oblong, measuring about 9 cm long and 3.5 cm wide. The black seeds are about 1 cm in diameter.
Cultivation The plants do well in nutrient-rich soils and in full sun. Need protection against strong wind, to prevent any damages to the large leaves.
Ethnobotanical Uses Agriculture – Forestry ( The pseudostems are used as food for pigs in China.)

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Fruits, Ornamental Form
Plant & Rootzone Preference – Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Shade Providing Tree / Palm

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Seed

Foliar

Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Green
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Mature Fruit Colour(s) – Angiosperms and Gymnosperms Yellow / Golden
Mature Seed Colour(s) Black

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"This Plant arrived in perfect condition. The customer service was amazing. Aisha helped me and made sure my plants …".At first I was super skeptical about my purchase but the plants arrived in GREAT shape and exactly as shown in the pictures. Thanks!.Plant was healthy and strong upon arrival. Seller kept in contact notifying me of my shipment. Nice large plant packed well for the journey. Very happy customer.This Jacklyn is BEAUTIFUL! Excellent size and the Jacklyn is really healthy. Excellent root system. Very good deal!Very well worth the money.
"This Plant arrived in perfect condition. The customer service was amazing. Aisha helped me and made sure my plants …".At first I was super skeptical about my purchase but the plants arrived in GREAT shape and exactly as shown in the pictures. Thanks!.Plant was healthy and strong upon arrival. Seller kept in contact notifying me of my shipment. Nice large plant packed well for the journey. Very happy customer.This Jacklyn is BEAUTIFUL! Excellent size and the Jacklyn is really healthy. Excellent root system. Very good deal!Very well worth the money.