If anyone else out there has a banana plant in the garden, can we swap stories on how you protect it over winter?
My plant has six or seven stems, and right now is about 6 foot high. In past years I've cut it back to about 3 foot, stuffed straw into the centre and around the outside, held that in place with a wrap of chicken wire, and then covered the whole lot with a big sack (one of those ton bags you get from builders full of gravel) to keep the rain off. The plant always survives, but the stems themselves almost always rot away to about a foot tall, and it does take them ages to come back again. The straw in the middle gets very damp and soggy, and I'm not sure it is doing much good by the end of the cold season.
I'm in south Wales, on clay soil, but a protected spot.
Does anyone else have a better / different way of doing it?
Interested in any suggestions!