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Can anyone help me with my banana tree?

it was 4 yrs old and roughly in a 20 litre pot. Sadly someone (not on here) told me to cut it right back. Now I'm left with a stump of no height and a wet soggy mess of roots.

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    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Debs,

    Oh dear, sounds as though you might have lost this one. The advice was not bad advice in itself: it's generally thought that it's best to cut back the stem of banana (I'm assuming you mean Musa basjoo) to prevent it acting like a wick in winter, pulling cold wet water down into the roots.

    Plus, the frosts in the UK will kill the foliage anyway, so you might as well cut it back so you don't have to look at it all winter!

    However, the advice usually continues "cover with a thick layer of mulch and then add a waterproof cover" such as tarpaulin. It seems to be the water that is the problem. Other winter treatments are to make a chicken-wire cage around the plant, cut off the dying foliage, and stuff the cage with straw, which is fairly waterproof as well as being very good insulation.

    If I were you, I'd tuck that pot out of sight somewhere and leave it until summer - don't throw it out just yet, just in case it recovers. But you might want to buy yourself a new plant in the meantime.

    Hope this helps!

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