wintering over banana trees?

paperartNovember 7, 2009

I have three small (3ft) banana trees that I need to protect for the winter. Can I store them bare root or do I need to leave them in their pots? Cut the leaves?

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tn_veggie_gardner(7)

The only thing I had time to figure out for my Dwarf Cavendish (sp?) before it got too cold for it, was to overWinter it in the basement. It will supposedly go dormant down there. I didn't really find out if I was supposed to cut the leaves, leave it in the pot or take it out, etc., so it will be good to see if any knowledagble (of tropicals) folks in the TN area answer this post! =)

    Bookmark   November 7, 2009 at 6:42PM
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ritzbitz

ive had dwarf cavendish bananas for years and what i do is just bring them inside the house for the winter and give them a bright door to sit by.. ive never had any problem this way... also i keep all the brown leaves trimmed, i dont necisarrily cut them back, just keep them healthy. i would not recomend putting them anywhere dark because remember bananas grow in the tropice where they grow all year, i dont think they know what dormancy is... anyways, im not an expert by all means but this is how i do it every year and next year when it is warm enough i will again put them outside....

    Bookmark   November 10, 2009 at 12:29AM
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tn_veggie_gardner(7)

Well, I checked mine after almost 2 months basement dormancy & it appears to be doing just fine, even after a freeze or two. I cut back all the leaves on it except the 2-3 newest. My Dwarf Lime is also doing well down there. I guess i'll stick with the GW member recommended basement dormancy, at least until I build my PVC greenhouse for Christmas! =)

    Bookmark   November 10, 2009 at 11:57AM
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paperart

I wintered them over in the pots last year. Under lights in basemant. I really would like to take them out of the pots and store them bare rooted. The guy who gave them to me told me I can't kill them. He must be right, I totally negelected them this summer and they sprouted new plants and were happy.

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    Bookmark   November 11, 2009 at 8:08AM
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tn_veggie_gardner(7)

That's good to know! lol...It's my first year growing mine & it seems to have done awesome. It grew about 2 feet tall in only three months...from this small little root looking thing with a half dead 2 inch long leaf on it to a 2 ft tall plant with 12 or so huge leaves.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2009 at 11:38AM
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connietn

Disclaimer: I am not a grower of anything tropical. But, if I remember correctly, I think my mom has told me that you can store them bare-root (or maybe with a little dirt still on them) in a cellar/basement/whatever. Seems like she talked about digging them up and putting my sister's in her dark underground cellar, maybe wrapped in newspaper, and just leaving them there until spring.

Kathy, my Lemon Balm is still doing well in its pot. :) Do I need to bring the pot in for winter? Or just tuck it in somewhere a little insulated outside?

    Bookmark   November 13, 2009 at 7:53PM
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paperart

Connie, The lemon balm will do OK outside in it's pot. Thanks for the advice about Banana trees. i thought I had heard of folks wintering over like you discribed. i'm going to try it. I'll let ya'll know next spring if it works.

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    Bookmark   November 16, 2009 at 11:38PM
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tn_veggie_gardner(7)

My Lemon Balm actually seems to be thriving in this cooler weather! =) It's huge. I need to harvest & dry a good bit of it.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2009 at 1:25PM
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