When I think of the tropics, I think of banana trees. And these big, lush beauties give that tropical feel to any landscape.
But the hardy Basjoo can also take winter temperatures down to -20° F when properly mulched.
In fact, its the cold hardiest banana tree you can find... growing as far north as Minnesota... and can grow in all 50 states.
These trees are ornamental banana trees. They give you that tropical feeling, but will not produce fruit.
You'll love how easy it is to add this beautiful plant to your yard. Simply plant it and stand back... in the warmer months it’ll grow 2 feet a week!
Your banana trees have been cultivated in large pots... unlike other nurseries that try to sell them in smaller containers. This means that your Basjoo Banana tree is ready to be planted, and will put on remarkable growth the first growing season.
It only grows up to 10-15 ft. high, so you can pretty much plant it anywhere... even tight spaces.
Plant your Cold Hardy Banana Tree in an area that receives full to partial sunlight. Although Cold Hardy Banana Trees can tolerate shade, they prefer full sunlight. Avoid planting your Cold Hardy Banana Tree in an area the receives a lot of wind. Before planting your Cold Hardy Banana Tree mix sandy or fine potting mix in with your natural soil. Make sure that your soil is well draining. Keep your soil moist and not over saturated. Don't over water your Cold Hardy Banana Tree or let it sit in standing water. During the growing season give your Cold Hardy Banana Tree every two weeks and fertilize it with a well balanced organic fertilizer three times during the growing season. We recommend a 28-8-16 fertilizer.
Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Cold Hardy Banana Tree.
If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.
First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.
Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.
Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.
Next, separate the roots of your Cold Hardy Banana Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.
The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.
Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.
To make it just right, use a level.
As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.
Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.
Water your Cold Hardy Banana Tree again after the transplant is complete.
To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.
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