Join the RHS today and support our charitable work, Keep track of your plants with reminders & care tips – all to help you grow successfully, For the latest on RHS Shows in 2020 and 2021, read more, RHS members get free access to RHS Gardens, Free entry to RHS members at selected times », Reduced prices on RHS Garden courses and workshops, Our Garden Centres and online shops are packed with unique and thoughtful gifts and decorations to make your Christmas sparkle, General enquiries It is therefore essential that you are well prepared and have all the necessary equipment at hand to protect your plants. *Valid on standard one-day tickets only, transaction fee applies. They can be planted in their pots until winter when they can be lifted and placed in a frost free greenhouse or shed. You may see that some of the foliage has blackened due to these light frosts, which will generally trigger the plant into dormancy. Use a sharp knife or secateurs to cut away any frosted or dying lower leaves. This waterproof sheet will guarantee that no rain water will enter the structure. Without protection, the cold weather will decimate them and they’ll have to grow from scratch in spring. From the team at Gardeners' World Magazine. This will prevent them from rotting when the plant is wrapped up for winter. You can also choose to leave foliage on hardier types over winter. Secure the plastic so that it does not blow away in the wind, this can be held in place using cable ties. The last step of the process is to attach a polythene sheet over the top of the banana. Tie the screening or chicken wire securely in place with string or rope. Straight after the first light frosts you will need to cut all the leaves off the banana just above the top of the stem. Make sure that you protect the entire plant, leaving no gaps, to avoid exposure to cold air and frosts. Our Botanical team are working hard to increase the number of plants with detailed information. Banana plants need plenty of wrapping in winter to keep them warm. Wrap the whole plant with horticultural fleece ensuring that there are no exposed gaps. This sloping cut will prevent any moisture from channelling into the stem of the plant and causing it to rot. It started as a small plant in May. Another layer of hessian can be wrapped around the fleece and securely tied; this will offer even more protection. How to protect a tree dahlia over winter (video), How to store dahlias and cannas over winter (video), Black Friday and Cyber Monday shed deals 2020: Rowlinson, Mercia and more, Black Friday and Cyber Monday garden tool deals 2020: Ryobi, Webb, DeWit and more. Find out how to overwinter an Abyssinian banana plant in our video with Monty Don: Follow the easy steps below to give your banana plants protection from cold winter temperatures. They are: If you grow the 'hardy' or Japanese banana, it's worth giving them some winter protection in late autumn to ensure good growth next year, says RHS Garden Wisley's Alistair Penstone-Smith. Ideally you should have a gap of around 15cm (6in) from the circumference of the wire to the tree trunk. https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=311, RHS Garden Hyde Hall Spring and Orchid Show, Free entry to RHS members at selected In March, it’s time to wake up your banana plant up again. Highly-scented, it was launched to a frenzy of interest at the Chelsea Flower Show 2005. These plants will have a lot more details displayed including an image. We’d really like to plant out more in the walled garden next year where they’ll be even bigger. I've brought it into the garage now (we had one night of frost, I hope that didn't damage it), wrapped the pot with bubble wrap and stood it on a sheet of celotext. With winter just around the corner it is really important to keep a close eye on the weather forecast, as you will need to have your bananas wrapped before the first hard frosts set in. Over-wintering Bananas workshop. For more information on growing bananas, please see the RHS Advice page 'Bananas'.