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Ashanti360
Dec 27, 2016 3:59 PM CST
I inherited these banana plants along with the water garden they are planted around when I got the house about 6 months ago. They were green and lush initially. But eventually I started to notice the occasional yellowing and eventually browning of the leaves which I promptly pruned. However the yellowing continued, I was afraid to prune anymore thinking I would be left with a bare stalk soon if I kept it up. Now this is the current state and I'm panicking! I have never cared for these plants before so I have no idea if they are merely hibernating for the winter or if they are in serious trouble. They look to me like they're dying but I'm not sure what to do at this point. Any advice would be appreciated.
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greene
Dec 27, 2016 5:03 PM CST
I'm not a banana expert and don't know your exact location but the banana plants will be killed to the ground by cold weather. Perhaps your plants are at the end of their season. You can prune away the dead parts. They should return in the spring.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Dec 27, 2016 5:16 PM CST
We've had some cold weather near freezing or at freezing in SouthEast Texas. Even colder in the north. You don't tell us your location but I agree with Greene. Your banana trees look out in the open and unprotected. They look like they were hit by our low temps last week. It's a shame because we are so warm now. They will come back.
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Ashanti360
Dec 28, 2016 1:13 PM CST
ShadyGreenThumb said:We've had some cold weather near freezing or at freezing in SouthEast Texas. Even colder in the north. You don't tell us your location but I agree with Greene. Your banana trees look out in the open and unprotected. They look like they were hit by our low temps last week. It's a shame because we are so warm now. They will come back.


Sorry about that, I thought I did include my location but I am in Houston, TX and yes we were hit with a short lived cold snap last week and I did not protect them. Is there anything I need to do to ensure they come back? I've read in an article or two that when it gets that bad you should cut off the whole top?
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dave
Dec 28, 2016 1:51 PM CST

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That's exactly what our bananas always look like after a frost. Nothing to worry about and it looks from the photos that the main plant is fine, just the leaves got killed back. You can leave the leaves or if you prefer (for aesthetic reasons) to remove them, that's fine too. The trunk is alive and assuming we don't get any more really bad cold weather, in the spring it'll make new leaves out the top.

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