Wintering Raja Puri
In June of this year I planted a pup of Raja Puri (that a friend brought from Just Fruits Exotics in FL) in my vegetable garden. It is now over eight feet tall with a six foot culm. I suspect that bananas will not survive a winter out of doors here in Zone 3:-) Here are my choices for over-wintering:
1)Potting it and placing it in a window or under HID lights,I'd probably keep most of the leaves cut off so it would fit in the space available
2)Bare rooting it, cutting off the leaves, and placing the culm in a completely dark 55F cellar (roots wrapped or not?)
3)Bare rooting it, removing the leaves, and putting it in a dimly lit garage that runs just over freezing (Brugmansias winter there OK).
4)potting it, cutting off the leaves, and putting it in the garage--leaving the soil dry.
What are the pros and cons of each method? Will one method be more likely to let the plant fruit next year, or would the culm be too traumatized to flower. I'm willing to experiment because the plant has thrown a pup that I'll pot which I should have no trouble carrying over.
Thanks. Steve H.