I over wintered an Ensete Maurellii outside.

mcrooke37(z7aTN)March 2, 2011

I just uncovered my bananas and cut down the trunk and found the inside growing. I am Happy! I will be trying some different bananas outside this year.

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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Tell us more. How did you cover it? Did you do anything else to protect it (add mulch, etc)?

I have a couple of different banana species growing year-round outside. I don't do anything special for the Musa basjoo. It's completely hardy here. I did cover my new Musa velutina. I also encased it in pine straw for a little insulation. I'm hoping that once it becomes well established, I might not have to do anything to protect it during winter.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2011 at 8:19PM
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mcrooke37(z7aTN)

My daughter threw out an old bed padding. I cut it up and wrapped the trunk up about 2ft then covered it with mulch frabric to keep out the rain. I took it off and had about 10 inches of trunk left and the center was already starting to grow.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2011 at 7:15PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Sounds like you really "put it to bed" in style.

Eventually, I want to find a few more species that can survive outside here, but I'm not willing to wrap mine up each year. If they can't survive on their own (with maybe a few years of pampering at first), they just aren't for me.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2011 at 10:46PM
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