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Debbie Asked

How far back do we need to cut back banana trees?

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Hi, Debbie: It’s that time of year again and we need to prepare the garden for winter. Bananas are a fun plant to grow; do you know which variety you are growing? Some are more cold hardy than others. If it is a hardy variety and will survive our winters in Kentucky, the entire plant should be cut back to just a few inches above the soil level. The foliage will die back after the first frost. Protecting the rhizome and roots is the goal during the winter months. A generous mulching is a good idea to help insulate during the cold weather. Next spring, after the danger of frost┬áhas passed the mulch should be spread out. If the banana is not cold hardy, the entire plant will need to be dug and stored in a frost free space. I hope this is helpful.

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