Winterizing Banana - Illinois
I saw a post not too long ago from a poster, I think in Chicago, that cut the stalk to the ground, covered it with the banana leaves and added a bag of mulch over that and had great success from the pics he posted. I have some questions for the poster:
1. Did you separate the pups from the mother plant? I have two plants about 5' tall that have 2-3 pups with it. If so, when and did you overwinter the pups inside for the winter or just replant them?
2. Did you cover the mulch with plastic? I have two 2.5' plastic barrels with the bottoms cut out. I thought about placing the barrels over the banana covered stalks and filling the barrels with the mulch (to help contain the mulch). Any suggestions/comments on this plan?
I dug them up and over wintered them in the basement last year and they did okay but would rather not dig them up if I don't have to.
Any advise/suggestions/comments welcome.