Re: Time to put the bananas to sleep for the Winter
I live in zone 7, Nashville, TN. I'm moving to zone 7, Knoxville, TN. If you live in an area where you don't get frost, or very little frost, then it isn't necessary to dig them up. The only way to get fruit in my climate is to dig them up.
You don't really know exactly when a plant is going to bloom. You will see a short leaf, or "paddle leaf", emerge right before the bloom. My Tall Orinocos have bloomed at 7 1/2 feet-8+feet, and I have one that is 9 feet tall that hasn't bloomed yet. A good website that shows approximate blooming heights for different varieties is webebananas.com.
You don't have to remove pups, but if you want to, wait until they are over a foot tall at least. Search this forum and Gardenweb for more info on this.