The Q&A Archives: Banana Tree

Question: I over wintered a Banana Tree following instructions from U of I ext. service. I live in zone 5 so I dug up the tree, stored it in a dark cool (very cool) room in my basement. I just recently followed the instructions to cut the tree trunk leaving 12 to 18 inches of trunk, then potted the root ball in a pot in order to get an early start. What should I expect? Will the tree produce a new stalk from the center of the trunk or does the tree produce side shoots from the root ball or both? Thank you

Answer: Yes, and yes, depending upon the whim of your banana plant. They will typically produce new shoots at the base of the plant, but it's also possible for the existing stalk to produce a few shoots. At this point I'd just water on a regular basis and take my cues from the plant. If all the shoots are produced at the crown of the plant, simply cut back the old stalk stump to make room for new growth. You should see signs of life within the next 2-3 weeks.

Best wishes with your banana plant!

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