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The Basjoo is a unique banana tree but its real value is that it grows up north. This cold hardy banana plant will give your home a new, tropical look!



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Cold Hardy Banana Tree

This Banana Tree Laughs at the Cold



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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.

Growing Zones: 5-11

Mature Height: 10-15 ft.
Mature Width: 10-15 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Botanical Name: Musa 'Basjoo'
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 5-11
This plant is recommended for zones: 5-11
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It's Easy to Plant your Cold Hardy Banana Tree

Specific Directions for Cold Hardy Banana Tree
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.


Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Cold Hardy Banana Tree.

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.



Step 2 - Place Your Plant

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.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

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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I been Growing these Bananas since 2011. They Made it thourth -14 degree winter in 2013-14. There still going on strong.
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December 31, 2012
Started out slow, but now looks really cool. I just cut it off down to the base and covered with mulch for the winter
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December 31, 2012
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3 years ago
WOW!!!
When I received these they looked sad and limp (I'm sure it was the shipping stress). Having purchased from them before, I repotted them and waited for the magic to happen. I wish I could post pics of when they arrived and how they look a couple months later! They are beautiful. Not just saying it, I am shocked at how well they are doing and how FAST they are growing. I like this company! Every thing I've ordered has done great and grown nicely.
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August 23, 2014
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10 months ago
WOW.. I was very surprised. I purchased 6 of the 3-gal. plants. All came with the leaves. ALl in great health. I just cant wait till the temp break and warm up.. These are going to look so nice outside. I will have truly tropical looking yard around. It will be my pleasure to pass the good word about your company.. I just wish I would have purchased more of them after the fact.. happy planting all..
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December 31, 2012
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2 years ago
Thanks so much for contacting me about the Banana Tree. I cant say enough about your company. The trees that you have sent to me are healthy and growing very nicely. It is nice to know that when I order something that I get what I have paid for. I cannot begin to tell you the garbage I have received from the two companies on QVC. Thanks so much also for having your trees packed so nicely. I am used to having trees thrown in boxes with no protection whatsoever. I will recommend your company very highly. Again, thanks so much
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December 31, 2012
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Couldn't believe my eyes!
I live with my daughter in NW Ohio. My daughter is a person who likes her landscape to look very different from all the other houses on the golf course. I had been searching the internet fro something very different and happened onto this website. I ordered 3 of the banana trees. I was amazed at how rapidly they grew leaves. It seems as though a new leaf develops about every 1 1/2 days. We are really please with these. I have had neighbors comment on how they make them feel "tropical". I think we will order more if they survive the winter.
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October 6, 2014
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10 months ago
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i have this banana plant in a mount in my front yard i have gave a lots away around russell springs ky. they are crazy over it love it.
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December 31, 2012
This year i bought 2 Basjoo banana trees.  One I kept in a pot and just brought it in the house. The other,  I planted in the ground and is now about 8 ft high
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Happy with trees
Trees arrived on time and in great shape. They were planted on Aug. 1. It is Oct 29 now and they are about four feet tall, and look good. I think they will look great next summer.
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October 28, 2014
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10 months ago
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Slow Growing
I planted this banana tree at the start of our growing season. It has only grown a few inches since it was planted. It is still a pretty plant but don't expect any rapid growth!
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September 4, 2014
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11 months ago
i have been searching online for this cold hardy banana plant. i have been hesitant because i have not found a company that will stand behind their product i am about to order 3 masjoo plants so we will seehow it goes.....stay tuned
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December 31, 2012
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I am currently enjoying my plant however it is winter and here in Illinois and growing is slow. I have ordered others for family memebers. And I would like to order more but I want to be sure I can maintain it first.
Thank you
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December 11, 2014
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8 months ago
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Do I Have to cover the banana trees in the winter in New Jersey and if yes how do I do it?
sandi s on Oct 6, 2014
Best Answer: Proper care just after your Basjoo experiences its first frost is key to promote healthy growth. After the initial frost, trim back the hardy banana to the ground. Allowing the tree to rot back naturally is not advisable as the rot can spread to the root system. Next, cover the plant area with about 6 inches of mulch. Finally, place and secure a plastic sheet over the mulch, ensuring the mulch stays dry to avoid the possibility of root rot. Remove the plastic and most of the mulch in the early spring prior to the start of any growth. The tree will begin its quick growth when the ground becomes warm enough.
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If I order your cold hardy banana tree now, when should I plant it outdoors? I'm in Southeastern PA.
Peter S on Mar 7, 2015
What is the height of the 1 gal trees? Do you have a 3gal tree? Height?
David P on Jun 15, 2014
Best Answer: One gallon Trees are between a foot and a half to a foot tall. The 3 gallon size are between 1 1/2 ft to 2 ft.
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May I grow this banana tree in a container?
Michele K on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: YES but will need to bring inside in winter if temps below freezing
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Wht do I need to do for the winter if I plant the banana tree in my backyard?
johnny on May 5, 2015
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can you dig up the ones that come up around the main plant and transplant them ?
A shopper on Jun 29, 2014
Best Answer: Yes you can dig up and transplant if you get enough of it's own root system in the off shoot. This should also be done once the shoot is at least a foot tall. The newly planted shoot will likely go through a period of shock but should recover as long as you get it done before going into winter dormancy. I wouldn't transplant after September.
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How do you remove and plant the shoots?
A shopper on Jul 28, 2014
Best Answer: Mine are in the ground year round in Mid-Missouri. When it is getting close to 40 degrees and temperatures going down for sure, then I cut them down to 8 inches. I cut up the leaves and the trees and cut them in small pieces and lay it over the top of the plants and then put about 4 bags of mulch around them covering them really well to protect them from winter temperatures. If you are in summer or spring and just moving the plants to another location you do it the same as you would any plant. They are just a plant so moving is to be done carefully and with transplant formula and lots of good soil and plenty of potassium; they love potassium, flower formula.
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I bought this plant last year and it was looking GREAT - it was probably 4-5 feet! I live in Michigan, so our fall begins in mid-late October. My tree fell completely to the ground then - almost overnight! Do you think it died - or do you think its roots are strong enough to grow back ? Thanks!
Nicole S on Jan 12, 2015
Best Answer: If you cover it with mulch and protect it from freezing winter temperatures it could come back. You may want to consider carefully digging the plant up and placing it indoors by a large sunny window.
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What do you do when the banana tree has a baby?
A shopper on Aug 9, 2014
Best Answer: Have a baby shower! Hardy har har. Actually, last year I carefully removed the baby (about 2 feet tall) and gave to my daughter. She planted it and it did beautifully. It is coming up again this year (we live in Chicago)
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What do you use to kill beetle bugs that eat on the banana trees?
A shopper on Jun 27, 2014
Best Answer: You can use an organic pesticide.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jan 16, 2015
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I live in Chicago and I'm getting ready to plant my basjoo banana tree. I'm waiting till after the last frost (around may 15). I plan on covering it with mulch in the fall. The following spring, should I leave the mulch down till after the first frost, or should I remove some mulch as soon as it starts to warm up?
Dave H on May 5, 2015
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Is there a guarantee on plants? What is the best time to plant them? Do yall always have these in stock? How far apart from each other do they need to be planted? Im in Central/Northern Texas, we have a lot of clay, will they grow good if I mix the planting mix with the native soil? Thank yall
Sunny B on Jan 19, 2015
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Banana needs full sun or partial?
A shopper on Sep 7, 2014
Best Answer: This tree prefers full sun, but can tolerate partial shade.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jan 16, 2015
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I notice in the question and answer section they are talking about transplanting shoots that come up. Is this an invasive plant?
Michelle M on Jun 30, 2014
Best Answer: I only had the plant for one season due to an extremely cold snap that damaged the plant. However, during the growing season, the shoots were isolated around the main stalk. I would not consider this plant to be invasive.
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I live in ILL. will it live here and what I do to it the winter time ?
bigdog on Sep 4, 2014
Best Answer: When you are close to the 35 degree marker, whack it down to about 6 inches. Cut all the leaves and pieces into small pieces and lay those over it. Now cover it in about 2 feet of mulch, so that it is really well covered, like two bags of mulch or more. It should be fine until Spring when the temperatures will be greatly improved. You need to protect it from winter chill factors and snow. I'm in middle Missouri and this plant is by the front porch with some wind protection though it gets torn up by the wind anyway, but it protects it from winter even more.
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How close can you plant them to your house? Also since they like water do you have to be careful how close they are to your septic like willows?
Keon G on Dec 29, 2014
Best Answer: You can plant this tree about 5 feet away from your home. The foliage can spread out 5 or more feet. This tree should be planted about 15 feet away from septic tanks, and doesn't have aggressive roots like willows.
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How often do I water this plant? I keep it in doors and I also use a heat lamp.
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Jacque B on Dec 11, 2014
Best Answer: The Basjoo, like other hardy banana trees love moist, well-draining soil. This is imperative to ensure and maintain proper health as wet soil will promote plant and root rot. With the correct soil composition, you’re likely to find yourself watering your Basjoo more often than other plants in your garden.
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will the leaves ever die off in zones 8 or 9? or if an occasional frost hits them?
Bruce on Nov 29, 2014
Best Answer: Keep your soil moist, but not over saturated. Check on your soil once a week to see if your tree needs more water or not. You tree may also benefit from being misted by a spray bottle once daily.
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winter care for this plant?
Brooks J on Nov 2, 2014
Best Answer: Once temperatures get cooler you can chop the plant down to about 6 inches and cover it with mulch. Come spring it will shoot up with new growth rapidly.
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How come you will not ship the cold hardy banana tree to arizona?
A shopper on Oct 19, 2014
Best Answer: AZ has very strict agricultural restrictions that do not allow us to ship them into the state.
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why are banana trees not shipped to AZ?
A shopper on Aug 30, 2014
Best Answer: Arizona has agricultural laws put in place that legally prevent us from shipping the Cold Hardy Banana Tree there.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Sep 3, 2014
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I live in El Paso TX can i plant my basjoo plant in full sun weather is very hot and dry early summer?
A shopper on Aug 27, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, you can plant it in full sun in the summer. You will just want to keep an eye on it and maybe water it more often than usual.
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can i plant this time of year in st.louis area ?
A shopper on Aug 18, 2014
Best Answer: You can still plant in August, however, if temperatures are a little hotter you will just want to make sure that the plant is getting enough water.
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I live in central Louisiana, when is best time to plant the banana tree??
Becky L on Jul 31, 2014
Best Answer: Early fall or early spring.
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How many bananas does a tree yield?
Daniel A on Jul 20, 2014
Best Answer: The Cold Hardy Banana (Basjoo) do not bear any fruit. They are ornamental.
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How far apart should the trees be planted?
Raymond k on May 3, 2015
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How much water should the tree receive per week in Las Vegas during the summer?
Raymond k on May 3, 2015
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Is the cold hardy Basjoo Banana Tree shipped potted?
Micah A on Apr 22, 2015
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zone 7, here In Tenn, will It do good here?
Ann / on Apr 21, 2015
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will this plant survive a hard freeze?
Gary A on Apr 18, 2015
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What kind of soil should I plant the banana tree in, most of the soil is high on the clay side in Cincinnati?
Adam K on Apr 18, 2015
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Can the leaves be used for cooking...just like other banana tree.?
Su L on Apr 17, 2015
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how long before you get banana's from it ?
charles on Feb 5, 2015
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