Although the banana is a tropical plant, it feels comfortable in our latitudes. But beware! In winter you need to protect the plant well so that it can survive the cold season unscathed.The plant must be indoors at constant low temperatures. Ornamental banana is a decorative plant that is becoming increasingly popular in Germany. If you want to successfully pull the tropical plant with the large palm-like leaves all year round, you have to be especially careful in winter. Because temperatures below 5 degrees can damage the plant considerably.
As a rule of thumb: If the temperatures are constantly at a low level, then it is time to prepare the plant for the winter. In this article I have summarized what everything belongs to and what you have to watch out for.
4 tips for a successful wintering of the ornamental banana
Select a bright winter location
Avoid wintering the ornamental banana outdoors. Even with extensive protection with fiber mats, a few cold nights are sometimes enough to let the beautiful plant die. Better be on the safe side: overwintering in the house is usually easy.
Choose a bright location with temperatures between 10 ° C and 18 ° C. An unheated conservatory is perfect. In addition, if there is sufficient light, cool bedrooms, attics and basements, landing, unheated corridors and the entrance area of the apartment can be considered as a winter quarters. The darker the location, the colder the ambient air can be. Persistent temperatures of 5 ° C or less should always be avoided.
Water and fertilize sparingly
The Ensete has a very limited water requirement in winter. The root ball should not dry out completely; dripping wet substrate or even standing water in the saucer should also be avoided. Water the ornamental banana sparingly every two weeks. Once a month, you can add a small amount of liquid fertilizer to the irrigation water.
Moisten the leaves regularly
If your ornamental banana hibernates in a location with low humidity, you should regularly spray the leaves with drops of water. Use a pressure or pump sprayer for plants.
Regular treatment with fine water drops has two positive side effects in addition to the immediate refreshing effect: First, the ornamental banana gets rid of dust that has deposited on the large leaves. Second, spider mites avoid a moistened ornamental banana. These common pests like to be dry.
Bring the ornamental banana outside again
As soon as the temperatures in spring remain well above freezing, it is the turn of the banana to move out of the winter quarters. Do not place the plant in a sunny location immediately, but in a partially or alternately shaded area to get used to. After a period of one to two weeks, your plant will tolerate the full dose of sunlight again.