Well ya sure sound like one . Thanks Grey. You may have never had one, but your advice sounds like good common sense to me. I will protect it as much as I can. I have that odd infatuation with the tropical look myself. I had never heard of the Tibouchina before. Lavender I know. The Tibouchina is a very pretty plant, and I love Lavender. You keep on nurturing your little piece of Florida up there! I actually saw more Lavender growing when I lived in Kentucky that I do here. I agree that the cutting off of the banana sounds brutal. It's all I can do to prune anything I've ever tried to grow. I know it's the best thing you can do for a lot of plants, but it still hurts me to do it! Call me sillyGrey wrote:I used to live in central Florida, just north of Tampa. My parents live just south of Ocala, so the temps are a little different. I know they do not ever protect their banana tree or anything.
People up here, and in TN, love having a banana tree outside. Some kind of odd infatuation with the tropical look, I suppose. But anyway. What they do before the freezing weather comes is they cut the plant at an angle, at 3' or so, and bring it in for the winter. They SAY it works... it just sounds brutal to me but hey, I overwinter my old Florida zone 10 plants - Tibouchina and Mona Lavender Plectranthus, so who am I to say someone taking a tropical tree indoors is crazy?
So no, I wouldn't bother with moving the tree indoors if you live in N. Florida. I'd try to protect it as much as you can - cover it or something for those few cold nights you get. It's worth it. Not sure when you should remove the dead growth... I'd probably leave it until I knew the cold snaps were over and that I wouldn't be stressing the plant out any more by trimming it up.
I'm no banana tree expert though... I've never even had one.
Thank you so much for the reply. This makes me feel much better! I know exactly where Lake City is also! It's good to have people in the immediate area to get information from. Thanks again.pete28 wrote:Linny I am about 50 miles from you in the lake city area and my neighbor has some hardy bananas growing. I know exactly where Perry is so you should be good.