The Q&A Archives: How to care for Banana Tree before First Frost

Question: I planted a banana tree early spring it is
just now showing it has rooted
I have 6 leaves that have grown in since
March 4 in the last month.
I want to know how to care for my Banana Tree
so that I won't loose it come winter or first frost.
Can you give me some tips or ideas?
Thanks for your help and time,
Sandy G. TX

Answer: Sandy,
Your area is too far north for bananas to survive unprotected. I would either dig and pot it up for overwintering in a semi protected spot such as a garage, or mulch the base with a couple of feet of leaves in a wire ring or a foot of compost piled at the base. This way when the top dies back at the first freeze the base will survive to resprout the following spring.

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