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elizabethtown ,ky
matermark
Feb 20, 2018 10:44 AM CST
I live in the heart of Kentucky and I always cut my banana tress back and cover with its leaves and mulch for about 7 years now. This year I only covered with its leaves. Do you think there is a chance they will come back since they are established well?
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Feb 20, 2018 12:59 PM CST
Depends if your ground froze below roots.
I'm kind of thinking, with enough leaves, they most likely did the job. Bananas are fairly rooted.
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WillC
Feb 20, 2018 6:10 PM CST
I am surprised to learn that you can grow Banana trees in Kentucky. Are you sure they are Banana trees?
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plantmanager
Feb 20, 2018 6:16 PM CST
My mom used to grow Bananas in Arizona. They last for 5 or 6 years, and then a hard freeze would wipe them out. I'm surprised yours lasted so long in Kentucky!
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greene
Feb 21, 2018 10:04 AM CST
Musa basjoo is one type of hardy banana that can grow well in Kentucky. Heck, it can even grow in Canada. I know we all call them banana 'trees' but they are not real trees; just banana plants.

Edited to add a link to a list of some cold hardy Musa.
https://www.plantdelights.com/...
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Bonehead
Feb 21, 2018 10:54 AM CST
I think the terms tree, shrub, or plant are all rather subjective. What one person may refer to as a tree, another might insist is a shrub (or vice versa). I don't think 'tree' is a taxonomic group, but rather a descriptor. One can never go wrong using the botanical name, then we all know exactly what plant is being referred to.

But back to the question, I know folks go to great lengths to grow Musa in colder regions, often doing very elaborate wraps over the winter. My guess is Matermark will just have to wait and see if his/her banana will survive this winter. Hopefully yes.
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Feb 21, 2018 11:27 AM CST
@matermark Howdy again I tip my hat to you.
First ! I want to thank you, for using common name, banana tree/plant.
I can't stand it when some people put in those fancy names, like, musa.
They don't get any reply by me, because, I don't know what the heck a musa is.

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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Feb 21, 2018 11:38 AM CST
@matermark
Im thinking of an ideal/experiment for you to try.
Butt ! I need to know a couple things. Is banana tree in ground ?What is coldest winter temp, you get down to ? How deep does your ground freeze ?

Thanks 👍
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elizabethtown ,ky
matermark
Feb 21, 2018 1:12 PM CST
WillC said:I am surprised to learn that you can grow Banana trees in Kentucky. Are you sure they are Banana trees?



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elizabethtown ,ky
matermark
Feb 21, 2018 1:19 PM CST
Philipwonel said:@matermark
Im thinking of an ideal/experiment for you to try.
Butt ! I need to know a couple things. Is banana tree in ground ?What is coldest winter temp, you get down to ? How deep does your ground freeze ?

Thanks 👍
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they are in the ground. coldest temp this year around 5 degrees. I don't know how deep the ground freezes and I add mulch every spring so it is pretty deep and dense so I hope that will help the roots. I had about 60 banana trees last year counting all the children.
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WillC
Feb 21, 2018 1:54 PM CST
Matermark - Thanks for educating me about something I was unaware of! Do you know the botanical name? (Close your eyes, Philip!)
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Feb 21, 2018 3:25 PM CST
Howdy : I'm back 😀
Let me guess ? Humm ?🤔???... Mark Is your name ?

60 bananas right there ! WOW-IEE !
AND !😮! You counted them 🕵️ all ! Rolling on the floor laughing Let me guess just one more time, before I tell my experiment, ok. Y'all got bored, one day, and said ! 😀. Hay, let's count banana trees ?
Y'all, are, as crazy as I am.

Now, this is to try at end of season, before killing cold.
I imagine leaves will probably be folded down before then. If not, fold leaves down.
Use your better judgement, when to start this whole process.
After leaves are folded down, wrap and tie, some layers of old clothes, sheets, blankets, or, burlap is cheep. Anything you can think of, to insulate.

Now 😀 To decorate, this silly thing you've just, created.
Old fashioned outdoor Christmas lites. ( The kind that get hot ) All around it.

Ewe 😀. You could spray paint it green, before hanging lites 👍.

Good layer of straw or mulch/compost all around it.

Personally, I believe, for best chances, it would be best, to cut out all but three.

Gee ! I hope y'all tree mail me next spring, to let me know how it works. Lovey dubby

Bye Bye !
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elizabethtown ,ky
matermark
Jun 27, 2018 8:45 AM CST
all my banana trees came up this year thankfully, some a little slower than others

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