Re: Sickly Cali. Gold
It may be sucking the nutrients/etc from the mom to the pup. This is just my theory, but I think sometimes they use that stub for a storehouse for nutrients and water and then use those to get a new plant going.
I check my bananas in the winter for moisture by sticking my finger in the soil. If it feels pretty damp an inch down, it's not ready for watering. This is if it's not getting a lot of light. If it's getting a lot of light, it will need more, not as much as summer, but more often. If you're really concerned about that you might lose it, put it on a heat mat in a sunny place and start pushing some growth.
I don't like the moisture meters because it's just another thing you have to carry around when watering. I don't even like dragging the hose, I want "cordless" water! I mean really, you have 10 fingers that do just as good of a job and they're conveniently located wherever you are. I especially don't trust those cheap moisture meters. It's like trusting your plants to something you probably paid less than $9.00 for. Anyway thanks for listening to my rant...I hope your plant does well for you. It really looks like it's trying to live.
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