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How Hardy's Jap. Fiber Banana in Zone 5?

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by McDean on November 15, 2004 11:12 PM
I cut it back to the ground about a month ago (after the first couple of frosts), sprayed the root crown with anti-fungal and mounded it with about 8 inches of cypress mulch. My questions are A) is this sufficient winter protection in Zone 5 and B) if more winter protection (e.g. a couple of hay bales over the roots) is required, how much need I worry about rot? [dunno]
by njoynit on November 26, 2004 10:31 PM
that one is good to -20.

as too soggyness.if the spot is not good draining you will have problems in the spring.if thats the case,you could dig and pot up and store& in spring when that does arrive.....make a raised bed for it.will make the soil warmer also& I would think up there that a sunny south wall would give more added protection.I'd mulch 12 inches.use something too keep mulch from touching stalk,but if have cut stalk that may not be a problem.you coud use hay for added protection& cover with plastic and pegit to ground to keep hay dry.hay will be a warm barrier up there& help protect from them northern winds.just thinking of you up there gives me goose bumps.I moved south to get away from snow& cold.least I'm in a "no-snow-zone" [Big Grin]
good luck!

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