Posted: 17/08/2013 at 09:20
We've had a musa basjoo for at least 10 years. We're in West Sussex.
It always used to get fleece wrapped for winter & was fine. Then for a few years we didn't bother. The top growth would die off but it would always come back, widening each year with enormous new sections all around the original.
A couple of years ago we started cutting it down to a manageable height for wrapping, this way it gets really tall again each year rather than just mid height & much wider!
We even had a bunch of bananas grow on it one year! I'm not sure they're edible on this variety, or they didn't get big enough or ripe enough. We didn't eat them anyway.
We lost a red banana, not sure of the variety, but even wrapped it didn't survive the first winter sadly.
The leaves can look slightly tatty when it's been windy but when they first unfurl & are undamaged they look huge & amazing.