Originally Posted by BTerrier
I have a musa basjoo that I need to prep for winter, but have some questions.
How cold can it get before I need to prep for winter? What temps can it tolerate prior to mulching etc?
If I were to put some temporary fencing around it and dump leaves inside the fencing, would this be adeqaute?
I have some pups emerging.....do these need to be divided or can I leave them? at what size can I divide?
I am in CT
You may heavily mulch now if you wish ....the weather does not need to be cold or frosty.
Doing it now does not impair the plant in any way just gets you ahead of the game.
Leave the pups be this year and separate at 3 feet tall for next year.
If you separate they will not recover before winter sets in and you will lose them.
Your choice with building a pen for your plants....it will hold your mulch/leaves in place.
I generously apply a thicknesss of 8-10+- mulch directly on top of and around the pstem .
Keep in mind your leaves will settle 75% so pack it tall.