will musa basjoo survive a light frost?

njw1383April 26, 2013

I have a large musa basjoo in my living room which is about 4 foot tall at the moment.

I really want to plant it out in the garden now but there is still a danger of a light frost. Would the p-stem survive if I planted it out now or not?

I live in West Yorkshire (UK) which is about zone 7 or 8 I think


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Yes it will most definitely survive. The risk is what if for some reason you get unreasonably cold weather. That together with the "shock" of being transplanted may cause it to lose all it's leaves. But you know your weather, so if you feel the worst that could happen is a light frost, I say go for it.
It's almost May and which is a good month for putting it into the ground to get some good growth on it this year.!


    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 2:23PM
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Bamatufa(7 - Trussville, AL)

It should be okay. I have three mature outdoor groves or patches and frost will damage the leaves but they keep growing and pushing out new leaves. I have banana fruit forming on three stalks . My Basjoos already have 5ft leaves on them which started pushing out first of Feburary. Zone 7 or 7b.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 5:18PM
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