Growing Zones: 5-11 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉) 5-11 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 10-15 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 10-15 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Musa 'Basjoo'
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Grows Well Despite Cold Weather
Big, lush beauty that gives a tropical feel to any landscape - when it comes to an instant exotic vibe, the Cold Hardy Banana Tree fits the bill. But what makes the Cold Hardy Banana, also known as the Basjoo, even better? For starters, it can:
- Withstand winter temperatures down to -10 degree when properly mulched.
- Grow in all 50 states, even as far North as Minnesota.
- Give a nearly-instant tropical feeling, despite not producing fruit.
You'll also love how easy it is to plant and care for the Basjoo. Simply sit back and watch the gorgeous growth - in the warmer months, it'll grow 2 feet a week!
Note: Banana leaves are huge and can sometimes get crinkled in shipping. Simply remove any damaged or worn leaves to stimulate the growth of new leaves. During the growing season, you'll see fresh new leaves appear every few days. That said, your Basjoo Banana Tree arrives healthful, ready to be planted, and will put on remarkable growth the first growing season because we've put in meticulous work at our nursery to nurture it.
What we love about the Basjoo: Because it only grows 10 to 15 feet in height, you can plant it anywhere...even in tight spaces. Order a few of your own today!
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Customer Reviews & Photos
Very hardy plant and growing well in Virginia.
DO NOT BUY IF YOU LIVE IN OHIO
I HAD A GREAT EXPERIENCE WITH SUPER FAST SHIPPING.. BUT I PREPPED THE SOIL PERFECT NEW BAGS OF TOP SOIL 2 FEET DEEP AND BOTH PLANTS DIED FROM THE OHIO COLD. I EVEN PILED UP MULCH 7" TALL AROUND THE BASE ... THEY STILL DIED
Hi Michael! We are so sorry that your banana tree didn't do well for you! Definitely reach out to us the first year after you receive the plant and we're happy to help with some options on replacements!
At first my banana came in rough shape. It had two tattered leaves one decent leaf and 1 good one. After a couple of weeks it started to grow new leaves even in our colder environment. I would definitely recommend this to anyone not so sure about buying it.
Palm-like and cold hardy!
This tree has done well. It is pretty fast growing and easy to care for. It was a bit smaller than I hoped for on arrival but I think it will catch up nicely
Taking a long time to grow. I even purchased the root booster. And the trunk and leaves are still small.
Planting & Care
The Basjoo Banana is the hardiest ornamental banana variety known to tropical plant lovers the world over. Strategically planted Basjoos will help you create the perfect backyard retreat in just about any climate—even as far north as Minnesota! Its quick growth won’t keep you waiting either. Follow these helpful instructions and you can expect your Basjoo to grow as much as an amazing 2 feet per week.
Location: Place your Basjoo Banana plant in a warm, sunny spot that has good protection from high winds. Ample sun is necessary in order to encourage the giant banana leaves to reach their full growth potential.
Hardiness: With mulch added to supply insulation, your Basjoo can withstand temperatures as low as -20 F. That makes this variety the cold hardiest banana plant in existence. Keep in mind that growth rates will slow as temperatures approach 40F. Remember to mulch heavily when temperatures fall below freezing.
Soil: The Basjoo will thrive in rich loamy soil that contain generous amounts of amendments like composted cow manure, shredded leaves,pine bark, top soil etc.
1) Choose and clear the planting site. Select a site that’s large enough to support the mature size of your Basjoo Banana. Even with a mature height of 10-18 feet, this banana plant can fit in some pretty tight spaces, offering a variety of planting location choices throughout your yard or garden. Clear the planting area of all weeds and any plant life immediately surrounding the designated planting location.
2) Dig the hole to the depth and width necessary to accommodate the root system—typically twice as wide as, and slightly deeper than the root ball. Resist the temptation to amend the removed soil. Early root development will be more successful if the surrounding soil contains the same nutrients as the soil beyond the hole. Be sure to measure the root ball against the hole before positioning the plant to ensure proper depth and diameter is achieved.
3) Loosen the Roots then place the Basjoo Banana plant in the hole. Before setting your plant, loosen any tangled roots by hand to separate them and encourage rapid growth. Be sure the plant is in an upright position before covering with the removed soil. Make sure the base of the trunk (just above the roots) is no more than 1 inch below the soil level. Gently fill the hole and tamp the soil working around the plant with your feet.
4) To help retain moisture, apply organic mulch around the base of the tree keeping a slight distance from the trunk.
5) Water in your banana tree.
Winter care: 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.
Watering: 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.
Fertilization: Like water, Basjoo requires more fertilization than the typical garden plant in order to supply key nutrients continuously throughout the growing season. A layer of compost at the base of the plant applied every 2 weeks should do the trick. We recommend a 28-8-16 water soluble fertilizer. Look for new leaf growth about every 5-7 days as a guide to proper application. For optimal growth, apply a dry fertilizer 2-3 times each growing season. Make sure to water after application to prevent burning.
Pests: The main pests to watch for are spider mites. Control these by wiping them off with a damp towel and applying an insecticidal soap.
Tips: Place wire mesh protection around the base of your plant if animals are eating your plants. Protect leaves from shredding by providing adequate shelter from winds.
Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted
Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|