Overwintering Banana Trees

Overwintering Banana Trees

If you are living in a cold zone with hardy winter days, you are generally not able to ensure that your banana trees can overwinter successfully. Most banana trees cannot tolerate a temperature below the freezing point. However, if the winter is mild and you have taken some protective procedures for your banana trees, the chance of survival can be greatly improved. Successfully preserve of banana trees can save you some money for you to replant them in the coming year.

Among all methods used to preserve the banana trees in winter, the simplest way is to put the banana trees into the warm room. The warmth in the house can effectively protect the trees from damage. You should cut the stalk to the soil level using a knife after the first appearance of the frost. If it is possible to dig out the root ball successfully, do it and move the root ball into a place with a temperature more than 10 degrees. The root ball should be preserved in a dark area instead of a light room. You should avoid putting much water for the banana trees since they need very little water during the winter days.

When the temperature is getting warmer the chance of frost have passed, you can move the trees to outside to make them grow. This time you should apply adequate water for the tree to facilitate the tree growth. You should apply water for your trees every day. Regarding the fertilizer for banana trees, some balanced 20-20-20 water soluble fertilizer can be a good option. Use some water to dilute the fertilizer to provide extra nutrients for the banana plants.

Image provided By Abu Nayeem (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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