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How to Care for Banana Trees

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How to protect your banana tree during the winter.

With David Tricker

1. Check the plant for any pests or damaged material and remove.click for larger image
1. Check the plant for any pests or damaged material and remove.
2. Cut off all brown and living leaves.click for larger image
2. Cut off all brown and living leaves.
3. Cut back close to the stem using a sharp pair of secateurs.click for larger image
3. Cut back close to the stem using a sharp pair of secateurs.
4. Cut back close to the stem using a sharp pair of secateurs.click for larger image
4. Cut back close to the stem using a sharp pair of secateurs.
5. Once all leaves are removed you will be left with a tidy stem ready for wrapping.click for larger image
5. Once all leaves are removed youwill be left with a tidy stem ready for wrapping.
6. Use fleece to wrap stem filled with straw or shredded paper.click for larger image
6. Use fleece to wrap stem filled with straw or shredded paper.
7. Start at base and work your way up the stem.click for larger image
7. Start at base and work your way up the stem.
8. Tie in securely with string as you go.click for larger image
8. Tie in securely with string as you go.
9. Ensure you cover the stem evenly around the stem.click for larger image
9. Ensure you cover the stem evenly around the stem.
10. Keep tying in the filling material as you go.click for larger image
10. Keep tying in the filling material as you go.
11. The finished stem wrapped for winter.Also cover growing point at the base with a thick mulch of straw or compost. The growing point at the base is the most important area.click for larger image
11. The finished stem wrapped for winter.
12. Also cover growing point at the base with a thick mulch of straw or compost. The growing point at the base is the most important area.

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