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Old 01-12-2014, 07:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: cold hardy bananas

Welcome Caralea! If you are talking about Musa basjoo, my experience has been that I leave everything up through the winter here in zone 7a. I find that the fried leaves act as a protective shroud. Come spring, I trim away all the leaves, and trim any rotten p-stem away. Be careful; only cut p-stem that feels mushy. Even then you may see a central core of white which is viable tissue. Good luck!
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