One type of plant that will flourish in the heat

By Cindi Sullivan
WAVE 3 Garden Expert

LOUISVILLE (WAVE) - Banana plants are tropical plants that make nice additions to a summer garden outdoors. Banana plants require lots of water and fertilizer to reach their full potential. They prefer a rich, loamy soil to support their roots.

Bananas that are planted in our summer gardens will not survive our winter temperatures, so care must be taken to preserve them for replanting in following summers-they need to be dug and stored before the winter months. However, there are some new varieties on the market that are more cold hardy.

One is called a new start or pupas. I have one that a friend of mine gave me. His have been in the ground for years now, so they are winter hardy with protection.

Hardy bananas need to be mulched heavily before the ground gets too cold. But when you uncover them in late spring, up they will sprout for another growing season.

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Online Reporter: Cindi Sullivan

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