Re: Time to put the bananas to sleep for the Winter
First and foremost, make sure you are well past the threat of frost. I'm glad I haven't planted mine back out again, as we are forecasted by some to be 21F on Easter morning! Secondly, I would prepare your planting hole well in advance also, and cover it with some clear plastic to warm up the soil. When you are ready to plant them back out, cut the top of the pseudostem to make sure there is green (or white, yellow, etc.), and not black, in the center. If it is black, you need to cut until you find green or white. Peeling the outermost dead leaf sheaths off to expose the green trunk will help it to photosynthesize. Just don't yank too hard and peel live tissue off of the pseudostem. I take a sharp knife with me, and just cut dead tissue off.