Is our banana tree done for?

roxy77(Houston Z9)February 13, 2006

We got a freeze on Saturday night that has obviously zapped our trees as the foilage is brown and wilty. I had cut them down during December but they grew back with our warm January to about 5-6 feet tall.

Are they dead for good?

Please excuse my ignorance as I know about a lot of plants but not the bananna trees since they are my least favorite. I honestly wouldn't mind if they were dead. I like them, but the neighbor is always complaining about them and they put out a lot of pups.

Anyway, I don't know what kind it is but here is a picture from last summer.

Do you think a freeze killed them for good or will they come back from the roots?


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rubbleshop(UK zone 9)

That depends how cold it got and what type they are. Being a large established clump, there is a good chance the corm could re-shoot, dependant of how cold/what variety.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2006 at 11:51AM
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pitangadiego(San Diego, CA)

Just let them be!!! Cut off any obviously mushy, rotten stuff as it develops. Until there is hole in the ground, there is always hope. Just give them time and see what happens. You will be surprised!!

    Bookmark   February 13, 2006 at 11:08PM
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roxy77(Houston Z9)

I am pretty sure they will come back. I will trim them down.

Thanks ya'll.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2006 at 8:47AM
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bihai(zone 9)

They will come back. Mine look like that every winter. I leave the brown leaves on til I am certain there won;t be another hard freeze, they help insulate the plant. They start leafing back out immediately as soon as it gets warm, above 45 or so, consistently at night. Like, this week. We had our only lonely hard freeze (so far, and it was LATE) Monday night and last night. 24 and 26

    Bookmark   February 15, 2006 at 8:28AM
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