Last July, we took a look at the wondrous tropic garden created by Al's manager Peter Eastman. If you were inspired to plant some tropical red bananas of your own, we’d like to show you how they can be overwintered and survive the cold. Believe it or not, you can store and overwinter your bananas in the protection of a cool dry basement or garage, and then bring them out and replant them the following spring.

Just be sure to follow these simple steps:

1. Prune off all leaves and stems at the trunk.

2. Dig around root ball and remove tree from ground.

3. Shake off the dirt from the roots leaving the roots exposed.

(A little dirt left on the roots is OK)

4. Lay trunk on the ground, wrap the roots in a piece of plastic or tarp, and tie to base of trunk.

5. Store in a cool, dry, non-freezing area like a basement or garage.

Some light is OK, but not necessary.

In the spring, after the ground has warmed to above 50°, pull them out and replant them. Your bananas will be light as a feather at this point, since the tree has used all the available water, which makes planting it very easy. Water and watch them pop back to life!