Hardy Banana Tree
Your new cold hardy banana tree has just arrived.
If you live in the north, you’re most likely pretty excited about your new exotic tree. Hardy bananas will readily adapt to most soils and climates. They do well in clay and will really shine in perfect soil like loam. The important thing is to get your new fiber banana tree adapted over the warm months to help it survive the winter.
First be sure to pick the right spot to plant your Hardy Banana Tree in.
Be sure to completely saturate the container before placing it in the hole. Dig and loosen twice as large and the root ball so roots can spread without having to work really hard at it. Musa Basjoo will grow quickly if you prep your planting spot correctly. It needs to develop all the roots it can to help it go through the cold season easily.
You can have great luck growing Hardy Bananas even with winter lows of -20ºF.
First plant them where they will get at least 12 hours of sun a day. To insulate your new banana tree roots against cold damage you will want to lay in some heavy mulch. Using piled leaves will be better than moisture holding shredded bark. Leaves allow breathing while blocking out the cold. You can hold them in place with pegged down chicken wire for the least obtrusive look. In zone 4 it might be wise to cover your leaves with a tarp.
Good drainage will be a must when growing Musa Bajoo Banana.
If you have heavy clay in your yard, this means you don’t have to necessarily add drainage to your soil. Instead of trying this difficult maneuver, plant your hardy banana tree high or in a raised bed for best water redirection. Don’t forget to feed your banana trees; they will do far better with a good fertilizer regiment.