Then you can simply trim off any dry leaves and it should look fine. But for most of us in the United States, the beauty fades when the winter’s chill approaches. Its large leaves, purple flowers, and brightly colored fruit make a dramatic statement in the garden. You see, Mother Nature gave the banana a backup plan: a large underground corm (bulb) from which it can resprout if things go wrong. She’s never met a succulent she didn’t like and gets really irritated every 3-4 years when Austin actually has a freeze cold enough to kill them. I just purchased the Musa Basjoo and after reading how much mulch was required to overwinter in the garden I deeply regretted it. After the first light frost, fill the cage with shredded leaves or straw. It’s far too cold in both our climates. And after you have 3 new sprouts you can remove one sprout and pot it up to make new planting. Any thoughts? Expect to see slow growth during this period. You can wait until nights drop to 40˚F (5˚C) or even until there is a touch of frost, because you’ll be cutting off the foliage anyway and the corm, being underground, won’t be exposed to the most extreme temperatures. During the winter, water regularly and deeply as soon as the soil is dry to the touch. For example, the ‘Japanese Fiber’ variety (M. basjoo) can withstand sub-zero temperatures. Trim off any dead material and start watering. Bringing bananas in during early September is absolute madness. It is best to select a dwarf variety for container growing. You can do either, but I prefer the ‘in the pot’ method: it helps reduce excess water loss. In the fall and winter, I left it under a big window and continued to water but now it doesn’t look as happy. Be prepared to control them by spraying with a solution of insecticidal soap or an insecticide containing pyrethrum when they appear. Bananas are very forgiving with the right care. 7 of the Best Companion Plants to Grow with Chard, Get Growing with the Infinite Cedar Raised Garden Bed, 13 of the Best Companion Plants for Tall Late Season Asters, The Benefits of Using Soil Inoculants and Microbes in the Garden, Extend the Season and Keep Pests Out with Floating Row Covers. I really don’t think we will have sustained freezing temps here, in the New Braunfels area. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. I have first hand experience of this without using protection. Also feed with an all-purpose fertilizer at half the recommended dose. Sure I’ve tried growing bananas, but never outside. Before we talk about how to overwinter banana plants, the first thing we need to get straight is that the banana tree (Musa spp.) So if you don’t mind superheating your home…. And I confess that I write with pretty novice gardeners in mind. Good luck overwintering your banana plants: it really isn’t that hard to do! After reading your article on how to overwinter indoors I am again hopeful to have this beauty in my garden. Begin to acclimate it to outdoor conditions when night temperatures remain consistently above 50˚F (10˚C). Another way to protect your banana plant during wintertime is to dig it up and move it to a cellar, crawlspace, or similar area where the temperature is consistently 45-50°F. You only have to bring it indoors. Learn how your comment data is processed. and Ensete spp.) I’m not sure which type you are growing, but keep in mind that bananas are semi-tropical/tropical plants. If you can’t bear to cut your plant down, you can leave it intact and fashion a wire cage around the pseudostem, leaving one to two feet of horizontal clearance from the stem to the cage. After fruiting , cut down stem close to ground to allow energy to feed new growth. Bananas (Musa spp. How do you revive them after winter? COPYRIGHT © 2020 ASK THE EXPERTS LLC. This is how they protect the “hardy banana” in zone 8 (England). Replant when all danger of frost has passed. Should I cut the babies and the main stalk? If you’d like to adorn an empty corner of your living room, make sure it’s a sunny spot and be sure to keep the soil moist, but not soggy.