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Cold Hardy Banana Tree

Cold Hardy Banana Tree

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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

Size:  2 Gallon

Ships this Mon, Oct 27
List: $46.95
Sale: $23.48
6 at $22.31 each
Planting Mix for Banana Trees
Cold Hardy Banana Tree Planting Mix

Helps your Cold Hardy Banana Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Soil Contents
Sale: $6.98
TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

DIEHARD Transplant
Sale: $14.98
Cold Hardy Banana Tree
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much need nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

DIEHARD Transplant
Sale: $4.48

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 generally recommended for zones: 5-11
(blue area above)

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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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How long does this plant live?
Anthony C on Jun 1, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately it didn't make it. It was doing well, but then we had a hurricane followed by some crazy weather.
Reply · Report · ARLENE A on Jun 1, 2014
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.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 17, 2014
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May I grow this banana tree in a container?
Michele K on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: You will probably need a large container since this tree likes a lot of water. Unfortunately my attempts to grow these trees outside failed because they could not survive the NJ winters despite my mulching them as instructed. Also, these trees are not deer resistant, at least not in NJ.
Reply · Report · Walter Z on May 31, 2014
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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
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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.
Reply · Report · Linda c on Aug 9, 2014
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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: Enter an answer to this question.Honestly, never had any problems with pests. although my tree did not surviive the winter, even though we moved it into the garage with a grow light. we had one of the coldest winters in more than 35 years.
I would NOT use the cactus soil blend that fast growing recommends, it is just too pourus, personally if we try this again, I would use a blend of cactus and some other soil that would hold the moisture better.
Reply · Report · Terry F on Jun 30, 2014
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Banana needs full sun or partial?
A shopper on Sep 7, 2014
Best Answer: Definitely FULL sun.
I also recommend that you NOT use a cactus potting soil as recommended. It is too porous. So I would mix a cactus potting mix with something that will hold moisture, say peat moss or other humus medium. about 50/50 I would say. or a little less on the humus. Needs to be well drained, but also need to be able to hold some moisture.
Reply · Report · Terry F on Sep 7, 2014
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How many bananas does a tree yield?
Daniel A on Jul 20, 2014
Best Answer: I wish I could help, but I lost both of my bananas before they bore any fruit. They were not edible bananas and don't yield fruit for the first two years, at least in my area, Central Florida.
Reply · Report · Sherry A on Jul 20, 2014
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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.
Reply · Report · Jessica H on Jun 30, 2014
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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 am in zone 7 and much success with plants. They do multiply and will go toward above ground pool. Transplant work very well if you follow directions for transplant, loose mixed soil. I haven't had as much success with transplants that go in mostly shade area's.
Reply · Report · Mel O on Sep 10, 2014
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Why are the leaves turning black on my banana tree?
A shopper on Aug 26, 2014
Best Answer: Some of my older leaves turn a blackish color but I don't have many that turn. I assumed they are just older leaves so I cut them off. I understand that black spots can be a fungus which needs treatment.
Reply · Report · Donna F on Aug 26, 2014
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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: When it is well above 60 degrees. They don't grow below that. It needs to be well above that so they don't freeze when starting out. It just has to be warm enough night and day to be sure they do well.
Reply · Report · Linda c on Aug 9, 2014
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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.
Reply · Report · Linda c on Sep 12, 2014
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can i plant this time of year in st.louis area ?
A shopper on Aug 18, 2014
Best Answer: Bring it in for the cold winter temps that Northern Kentucky had last season. Everything that I left outside that was supposed to survive my zone did not make it. All plants were gone when I returned from Florida in March.
Some of my shrubs that were ten years old and older also had to be replaced. Prolonged cold took its toll on just about everything.
Reply · Report · JOE B on Aug 18, 2014
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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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What do you do when the banana tree has a baby?
A shopper on Aug 9, 2014
Best Answer: It sounds like this could be a sucker. If a small stalk emerges from the roots then it's stealing water and nutrients from the main tree and needs to be removed.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Aug 11, 2014
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How come you will not ship the cold hardy banana tree to arizona?
A shopper on Oct 19, 2014
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how many different types of banana trees are there because some of them are red under the leafs?
yeiinvestersI on Oct 5, 2014
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Can you keep the banana tree dormant indoors for the winter? My plant did not survive the Minnesota winter
Marvin n on Oct 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
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Due to cold weather in some parts of the country, we have suspended shipping to the areas that are shaded on the map below. Please view the diagram to determine if your area has been affected. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 2, 3 or 4. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date. If you live in a shaded area but wish to receive your product(s) now, please visit our contact us page here or call a customer service rep toll free at 888-504-2001.

  Zone Shipping Resumes
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Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $8.95
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$99+ 28% of order total

Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.