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Old 10-12-2008, 03:52 PM
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What to do with Banana Palm for winter


I have a Banana Palm I received in a swap. The temps. here is starting to cool
down. Should I dig it up or would it be OK if I left in the pot and store over the winter, like I do my Brugs? Thanks for any help you can give.
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Old 10-12-2008, 04:42 PM
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Hello


A what ?
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Old 10-12-2008, 06:06 PM
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Yes a BANANA PALM, I got it from Sterling, she has not been around for some time now. I did not get chance to ask her. If you would like to see it Sterling has a picture of it in her profile.
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Hey there!


Just checked - couldn't find the pic - would you post one here?

This is an unknown for me.
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Old 10-12-2008, 06:28 PM
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SmileHi MissG ~


If most of the foliage has already started to turn yellow,
I would trim off all of it EXCEPT for the very newest leaf
growing at the very center of the stalk.

Then yes, I think that with careful wintertime supervision,
it should do well in semi-dormancy along with your Brugmansias.

Some people treat them as houseplants in the winter,
but that takes the right location, especially for a large one.
I also know that some folks dig them out of the ground and store them bare root.

Of course, there may be other opinions and suggestions.
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Old 10-12-2008, 06:30 PM
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Zuzu, you obviously know this plant. Botanical name, please?
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Old 10-12-2008, 06:33 PM
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Musa species - not sure which one though,
up in PA, most would probably need to be brought in ...
or some form of fairly heroic mulching.

As this one is potted, bringing it in seems easiest.
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Um... Banana PALM ? Wouldn't think it's a Musa...
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Picture, please Gotta figure out what this sucker is!
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Old 10-12-2008, 06:36 PM
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Being in the Philadelphia are I would say that plant will definitely need to be brought in for the winter. Won't the first frost kill it? We will be getting frost here soon, and the nights are already dipping into the low 40's.
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Old 10-12-2008, 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by santoury View Post:
Picture, please Gotta figure out what this sucker is!
Santoury, if you go to Sterling's album of garden photos there is a great picture of hers. I tried to cut/paste it here with no luck.
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Hello


Gardeningmom, I already checked - and all I could find were non-garden photos, and vacation photos or something like that. Help?
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WinkJust Think Banana Tree


Sterling's Banana Pic
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Old 10-12-2008, 06:39 PM
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Click on the bottom of the album box where is says show all albums and more will display.

OK Zuzu how did you do that?
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Hello


Thanks guys! What a nice looking plant!
OK, so it's a Banana - most Bananas can go down to about 40, and suffer some leaf damage, but can regrow. I had a dwarf Banana out, but the leaves got burnt on one of these 45 degree nights, so that's what sparked me to bring all the other plants in.
Depending on the species, it can tolerate even lower temperature, but it will suffer leaf damage, which, as we all know, is unsightly on a Banana tree. I would dig it up, bring it inside and put in a bright, filtered light area, or as Zuzu says, let it remain semi-dormant.
Bananas can be a bit finicky, but I've learned that they will tell you what they want to do.
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