How to winterize Hardy Banana (Musa Basjoo) outdoors in hardiness zone 5+.

The japanese fibre banana (Musa Basjoo) is the hardiness banana species of all. With a few simple steps, you can enjoy it's gigantic tropical foliage year after year in most parts of Canada. This process consistently works in zone 7/6b, but can also be successful in areas as cold as zone 5! If you're new to cold hardy tropical in Canada, this is our #1 recommendation for beginners.

What materials do I need?

  • Knife
  • Mulch
  • Tarp (Optional)

What is the winterization process?

This is a super easy process. Following these steps:

Step 1 - Chop down the entire plant 6-12 inches from the base. Make an angled cut.


Step 2 - Pile at least 1 foot of mulch on top of the stump.


Step 3 - Put a tarp over the pile of mulch.


Step 4 - Put more mulch to weigh down the tarp.


That's it! Remove the tarp and mulch after the last frost in the spring and new plants will begin emerging from the stump.