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Old 05-03-2012, 04:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hello everyone!

This is my first time growing bananas, as I presume it is for most people when they first come here. I got my dwarf cavendish banana plant not long ago, and it appears to have arrived with some damage. I don't think it was just typical transport damage, but a few leaves appear scorched, completely brown and rather dead. I'm hoping to get some tips on how to revive it. See you all around!
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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This is my first time growing bananas, as I presume it is for most people when they first come here. I got my dwarf cavendish banana plant not long ago, and it appears to have arrived with some damage. I don't think it was just typical transport damage, but a few leaves appear scorched, completely brown and rather dead. I'm hoping to get some tips on how to revive it. See you all around!
Hello and welcome Is it possible to show us a picture of your dwarf cavendish?
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Welcome!!
A pic would definitely help if you can post one.
One time I got a Thai Black banana in the mail and it looked kind of mushy. The leaves were really dark green, almost like cold damage except it wasnt. Turned out not to be a problem. I cut those bad leaves off eventually as new ones grew in its place!
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Dont know the size of it ? But usually they do pretty good just plant it in the ground or the container you going to use . If you post a picture every one here will give you best advice ever!
here are two videos that might be helpful. I use the Florida hills video because Im in Florida


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Old 05-04-2012, 08:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hey solar girl,
This is not your mothers banana site, these guys are serious banana etc. growers as i have learned. however they are very accommodating and friendly to us amateurs, ask away and you will be answered. this is an almost all knowing site, you only have to query in a way that desires a response. click on the wiki at the top of your page for the basic stuff.
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Hello everyone and thank you so much for the warm welcome! Oh my goodness, I know you all must have thought of me as some flake for not returning.

The banana plant is doing well now! We trimmed off the bad parts and it is thriving. Since I posted we got a new leaf, a new one pushing out and I believe we have what is known as a pup.

I can post a picture later as I am not home right now, but I would be happy to post one.

The plant shipped in a 2 gallon pot so we're going to re-pot it soon.

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Glad to hear it! Bananas are very tough plants, and they can take a lot of abuse. That's not to say that you shouldn't pamper them though. If you keep it happy, you might end up with a bloom in a few years!
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Okay everyone, here are some photos as promised. Not the best, but eh!





Here are photos of what I think is a pup.





Is it too soon to cut this out? I have been searching some older threads here and found a diagram on how to cut them out, but it seems as if most pups were much larger when others cut them out.

If we should cut it out, it appears to be in a difficult position where some of the mother plant's roots will be cut as well. Is that okay?

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The pup looks like it has developed a decent sized corm for being so small. I have had good success removing and potting small pups like that. Don't worry about the mothers roots, it will grow new ones.

Are you planting in ground or re-potting? If you plan to plant in the ground I'd just leave that pup there.

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Hey momoese, we're re-potting it, actually we already have. We spoke with someone at a local nursery who advised us not to cut it. He told us about a woman who came in yesterday b/c she cut one and the mother plant started dying immediately!? I don't know if I exactly believe that, lol.

Since we already re-potted it, how will leaving the pup affect the mother plant?
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It won't really have any effect other than taking up space in the pot.
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You can cut it off when it gets a lot bigger, and it will become an entirely new plant!
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Wonderful! So glad it's not necessary to cut it right now; I don't feel skilled enough, lol. Thank you both!
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I have only removed larger ones in the two to seven foot tall range from my mats. I use a very sharp trenching shovel. Several vertical plunge cuts between the mother and the pup will free it usually. On the side away from the mother I back off about a foot a cut straight down. I can then usually rock it a little and pull it up.

They are really almost indestructable!
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