Banana Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Arlington, TX
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Question by taskmaster
October 9, 1998
Should I dig up banana trees before first freeze or not? Here in N Texas area we'll get a few 20's freezes and I've been digging up my trees and putting them in garage. But some are over 9 ft tall. Would they survive a freeze?
Your tips please!

Answer from NGA
October 9, 1998
The banana tree (Musa) is tropical in nature and the tops can be damaged by freezing weather, but the roots are hardy to about 20F degrees. If you leave your plants outdoors and the tops are killed back by severe winter weather, new tops should sprout from the crown of the plant the following spring. Be sure to mulch the root area to help protect it from very cold weather conditions if you decide to leave your banana trees outdoors in the ground.

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