Eucomis pole-evansii As Outdoor Plant in New jersey

Judy Glattstein
Mon, 23 Mar 2020 14:17:46 PDT
Bob Lauf's suggestion of eucomis as a garden plant is exciting but 
impractical. Last winter was mild enough but also rather wet. And I have 
a clay soil laced with assorted sizes of shale, like a plum pudding. I 
think the wet would be more of an issue than the winter temperature.

That said, Musa basjoo does winter over. I offer the caveat that they 
are against the house, each culm is cut back and covered with a leaf 
filled tub, then a few feet of leaves over the tubs corralled with 
fencing and topped with plywood covers for the winter.  I'll do it for 
bananas - don't want to lift and store. The the eucomis are manageable 
in pots.

First image, bananas ready to be cut back after summer


First of three plywood covers in place

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