After a Freeze

Elbourne(8b)December 10, 2013

It doesn't freeze much here on the Mississippi gulf coast; usually only a few times a year and then only a couple hours or so at the most. But when it does, it kills the banana leaves. Some folks will take that opportunity to cut the whole plant down to the ground. Others will just cut off the ugly brown leaves, and others insist that it is best to keep the plan untouched until the spring. What is the best practice?

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blownz281(coastal zone 8b)

You can trim all the leaves off and wrap the p-stem. Cut it to the ground as well. Leaving it where it left off gives the plant a size advantage,instead of forcing all it's energy into growing all over again from the ground.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2013 at 4:43PM
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sultry_jasmine_nights (Florida 9a)

I leave it alone and let it do its thing. After the threat of frost is over (usually in March for me) you can clean up the dead leaves by cutting them off. The banana should put up new leaves from the stalk as long as it wasn't frozen. I compost the old leaves.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2014 at 5:29PM
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