I have several banana trees in the ground at my place in northeastern Mississippi. They are about 2-5 feet tall. I would really like to salvage the stem during the winter if possible. What is the best way to do this?

Someone suggested cutting off the leaves and wrapping fiberglass and a tarp around it, but I don’t know either way if this is a good idea or not.

I hope to find a quick solution using materials I can buy at Lowe’s.

  • what is the lowest temperature you are expecting? is the site sheltered from winds?
    – kevinskio
    Nov 18, 2021 at 12:27
  • Maybe 20 degrees or higher. Doesn’t get that cold here, but definitely goes below 32. High winds aren’t an issue. @kevinskio
    – bill999
    Nov 18, 2021 at 13:54
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    I use bamboos and a lot of leaves. But some winters plant will die, just they grow (also in case of hard freeze) back next year (smaller) Nov 23, 2021 at 10:19

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We live in Indiana. It can get 20 below. Our trees are out all year and triple the next. We don't cut the leaves. Let them brown and they will fall and insulate your plants. If you cut them before winter they will freeze. Water will get in stem and freeze inside. I would love to send you a picture of our banana tree forest surrounding our house. They are as tall as our second story. Hope this helps

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