My musa basjoo bananas didn't die back much this past winter. In fact, they were rebounding from temps in the 20's rapidly until last month, when they were scorched by 2 consecutive morning lows @ 17f. New growth was emerging on several stalks, but new growth on the 2 largest stalks seemed to be struggling to break through the bent over, dead glob of leaves that covered them. So I decided to get on my ladder and cut off the 'dead globs' that I thought were preventing new growth from emerging. I was shocked to discover the the 2 bulbous globs I cut off were concealing a flower and a small bunch of bananas. Does this mean these 2 stalks are going to die and send off pups? Wish I hadn't cut them off!
I'm amazed this banana fruited and flowered this past winter in my backyard with three 17 degree lows, and many other nights in the 20's. Anybody else have bananas bloom/fruit over this past relatively mild winter?