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Old 10-18-2008, 06:56 PM
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Banana trees

For you southerners, When is the best time to cut these things down? Also should i dig em up or just pile mulch on em...I havent been able to get a straight answer on this.

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Old 10-18-2008, 07:39 PM
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Do you want to try and get rid of them permanently or are you just trying to cut them back?

Cutting them back: Any time is as good a time as any. You'll probably especially want to cut them down should they sustain freeze damage in winter time.

Removing them: Good luck! Nearly impossible... But, not quite impossible.
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Old 10-18-2008, 08:07 PM
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O no they are vital to this poolside tropical landscape. I want to save them for going into next year. I forgot about them last year and lost them. Had to replace them this year.
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I would say it would have to depend on the variety of banana..
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Old 10-18-2008, 10:09 PM
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Down in GA, you can cut them down before a freeze and cover them with a good thick layer of mulch, and the'll pop back up next spring.
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I would say it would have to depend on the variety of banana..
Just regular maroon banana trees.
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Down in GA, you can cut them down before a freeze and cover them with a good thick layer of mulch, and the'll pop back up next spring.
Well i think were in the same zone so i guess that should work.
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Old 10-18-2008, 11:16 PM
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I know I'm north, but the ones I have can only sustain a few freezing days. I would imagine as mentioned should give you enough insulation. I have to bring mine inside. They took a few freezing nights, but I brought them in on a 70* day and they are fine. I love them, I want to get some more and actually put them in the ground.
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Old 10-18-2008, 11:23 PM
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Yeh i think ill cut em and pile mulch on top. Now im guessing i should do this soon.
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Old 10-18-2008, 11:48 PM
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I have about 100 banana trees in my yard. The tallest one is 20+ ft high. I no longer cut the stalk off at the ground after a freeze but I will cut off the limbs. I leave the stalk intact throughout the winter. Come spring, I get new growth out of the top and dont have to wait for the tree to grow out from ground level. It does look ugly having a bunch of limbless stalks throughtout the yard but I dont care to wait months for the trees to obtain its original height. Banana trees have high fertilizer/water needs. My trees produce edible bananas. After the fruits produces, the tree will "die off" but before that happens, It will sprout a new seedling shoot tree to replace the dead one. Twice my big tree has put out fruit but I have cut it off because I didnt want it to die back.
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