Cold hardy bananas must not be confused with frost hardy. No bananas will be able to tolerate a proper freeze and survive in tact. There are a handful of bananas described as root hardy, but as the name implies, it is the only roots that will survive. The stems will be destroyed and your once proud banana plant will be reduced to a few shoots emerging from the roots. However a relatively simple techique can be used to successfully over winter your bananas stem (see our detailed page on overwintering Bananas). and come summer your Banana plant will be the envy of your neighbours. The hardiest and therefore the easiest of the Bananas to overwinter is Musa Basjoo, which also has the advantage of usually being the cheapest to purchase and the easiest to propagate.