abyssinian banana - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by schoone2
September 29, 2009
can I bring in a banana plant listed as an annual and keep it for the winter or is it a waste of time

Answer from NGA
September 29, 2009


Abyssinian banana is frost tender but you can keep it indoors over the winter months and then take it back outside during the spring and summer months. If it is in a container, just bring it indoors. If it is in the ground dig it up before the first frost, cut the longer roots back, remove all but the newest 3-4 leaves and pot up for winter. You may need to cut the leaves back to half their length if space is a problem. Water sparingly during the inactive winter period. If you keep the soil to moist, the plant will die so water only after the top inch or two of potting soil is dry to the touch.

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