bluegrassmom said:Thanks, I need to ck into it. I see a few around Bowling Green. I am guessing that is what they are growing. I love the ones with the red in the leaves but I don't think that is the right type.
Most are fairly close to the house. I am wondering if they do that for a type of micro climate?
Basjoo has no red in it.
Planting close to house adds several degrees. For example, I have Cannas on the West side of my house that have been in the ground since 2010. Only those planted no more than 10 " or so make it.
I heavily mulch them. I planted my Basjoo right in the middle of them. Also have a Hardy Kiwi nearby and a Bird of Paradise in a sunk pot. Plus 2 Elephant Ears. Looks like a mini jungle.
Also planting near the house provides some protection from wind. Banana leaves are very prone to shredding from wind.
I bought my Basjoo from Logees in CT.
If you pick one up now, it is too late to plant now so wait til next spring. Mine wintered over fine indoors.