hardy banana tree - Knowledgebase Question

Albuquerque, NM
Question by trammewi
May 27, 2006
I have a hardy fiber banana tree I bought last summer. It's in a 4x4x4 pot outside. Last year it was terrific. The tag that came with it said it was hardy to minus 10 to 20 degrees. I live in Albuquerque and it never went below the teens this winter. I followed the over-wintering directions that came with the tree It's almost the first of June and no banana tree. Temps now are in the 90's. Is it just waiting for much warmer weather or is it dead do you think?

Answer from NGA
May 27, 2006


If it hasn't shown any growth at all, it may be dead. You have nothing to lose by unpotting it and checking the roots to see if they're still alive. If so, you can always repot it. A hardy banana is reasonably hardy - for a banana. The foliage will die down if the weather is frosty, but the roots will remain alive - providing they don't freeze solid. I suspect that since yours was in a container, which was above ground all winter, that your freezing weather may have killed them. To prevent this in the future, either bury the pot in the ground (which will help insulate the roots), or wrap some insulating material around the pot to keep the soil and roots from freezing solid. Best wishes with your garden!

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