Ensete death march

Friday, June 18, 2010

Sick ensete
Originally uploaded by sassycrafter
Well, it looks like I was right. My beautiful ensete is dying. This is what it looked like after I came home from my out-of-town conference this week. Definitely not good.

I just wish I knew what was going on with it and if there was any way to save it. I'm wondering if nematodes might be the culprit, since they're mentioned in this article. If that's the case, I'm thinking that my best bet would be to get a nematode assay done before I plant another ensete in the same spot.


Rainforest Gardener said...

Hey, that article also says that they're not good for humid areas... thats florida in a nutshell and come to think of it, I haven't ever seen any sizeable specimens in florida so far...

kim taylor - - - the sassy crafter said...

I saw that mentioned in the article, too. But my neighbors have two good-sized ensetes, so I was thinking that maybe mine would thrive too.

So far, it's still hanging on. I think I might stake it up straight and see what happens.

Rainforest Gardener said...

My ice cream banana hasn't put out a new leaf since I planted it, but hopefully it will be ok too. :(