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Default Leaf Damaged Plant

im sorry for writing so much in this post but i am just really worried about the life of my plant. im just going to give you the full history of it and hope you can give me some pointers and re assure me!

i have a musa basjoo that i have had for about 3-4 weeks now. when it first arrived in the mail it had 2 leaves on it. one was healthy and the other had brown edges and was dieing. there was also a third leaf that the nursery must have clipped for the shipment. once the first new leaf shot up and opened i clipped the first bad leaf because it had been getting worst and worst every day.

shortly after i had noticed two brown spots on the origional healthy leaf and saw a what i now believe to be salt deposit on the outside and top edge of the clay pot i had it planted in (i keep the plant indoors under a plant growth bulb in a normal light fixture). every day the spots on the "healthy" leaf got bigger and bigger until they connected forming one big unattractive brown spot. it started browning on the edges as well. so i decided to transplant the plant into a plastic pot because of the advice of others on this site.

soon after the transplant (i think the next day) the plant light i had had un-clipped from the shelf i had it on and of course, broke off the newest leaf. my banana plant was then a one leaf plant (the one that was browning more and more each day). after a few days a smaller leaf shot up rather quickly to replace the other. since it was a replacement it was smaller and the stem of the leaf was weaker than any of the other leafs that were on it before because i suppose it produced the leaf quickly to get enough energy for the plant. this new leaf is actually smaller then the new leaf that had just been produced and broken off.

the other leaf that was on it had just gotten so brown and withered i had to clip it as well. now once again my plant only has one leaf. the stem goes from thick (not really think but in relation to the plant it is) to super skiney in one small area where the leaves kept drying out and getting clipped at where the small leaves stem comes through.

i dont water it until the soil is dry and i have a thin layer of mulch over the soil. the soil is a composite of organic earthworm castings, sand and cactus/ palm tree potting soil for retaining moisture.

i guess what im asking is do you think the plant will begin to produce big strong leaves any time soon even through the narrow black spot on the trunk?

and are their any other possibilities for the leaf browning besides pests, and water?

i will try and give you a new picture but if you look at the pictures in my photos the trunk is not at all as think is it was then.

please help!
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