I have several varieties of canna plants, a giant elephant ear, and several bananas (basjoo and ensete maurelii) that I'm going to need to take care of this year before we get cold. I've been put in a predicament....and wanted to ask for some advice. Last year, I brought my bananas in mid-October. I hacked the basjoos off to a p-stem of about 12 inches, potted them, and brought them inside (because they were young yet). This year they've really taken off, and out of the two basjoos I started with, I've probably got close to a dozen...many quite large. So, now that they've had a second year to grow, I will winterize them outside starting this year, and have my plan.... but I'm worried.
It was mid October when I winterized everything last year...I think I dug up my cannas closer to the end of October (I am in southern Wisconsin).
Unfortunately, I have been scheduled for surgery the beginning of October, and will be on restriction for at least 6 weeks. I'm not going to be able to DO all the winterizing I need to do, but no way in heck am I losing my beloved plants! Will it hurt them to winterize early? Dig up canna roots, dig up elephant ear, and hack off and winterize my basjoos? Is that too early? The cannas are stored in my basement....but will digging them up early kill the roots?
I haven't even considered my maurelii yet....this is my first year with one, and it has grown into a MONSTER! The thickness of that P-stem is quite impressive, and it's taller than me. I"ll figure that one out....but I'm worried about winterizing my plants too early. 6 weeks after surgery will be too late, I'm sure.
Thanks for any input!