Question: I’d like to get save my banana trees for another year. What do I need to do for the winter?

Answer: That question depends on where you live. If the bananas are along the Gulf Coast, they’ll come back just fine, even if their tops do freeze in extreme cold. In Central and North Central Texas, bananas usually come back from their roots, even though their tops freeze to the ground. In the northernmost parts of Texas, you’re going to have to bring them into a greenhouse or into a gently heated, bright garage. If you decide to leave your plants outdoors, mulch over them with 1 to 2 feet of shredded leaves. Secure them in place with a “tent” of burlap or chicken wire. Remove the covering in March, as things begin to warm up.

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