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Old 08-06-2018, 08:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I ordered some musa basjoo plants when they arrived one was all brown and dead and the other two were turning brown.
I assumed this was as they have been transported in a box, and when I picked them up from the neighbors they was keeping the box the wrong way up. So think they just had a ruff ride. Thought I would get them back to being healthy, So I have re potted them in a container with good drainage used john Innes no2 soil. I have had them in a sunny spot at first, then moved them to a spot that has morning sun and shade in the afternoon as I hear they prefer that, I read I should have eased them into the sun so that's not good. I have started giving them with liquid feed miracle grow NPK 6-5-5, I am watering them everyday and feeding them once every week or twice a week. They aren't looking well at all. Can you recommend anything to try to bring them back to health, and let me know if I am doing anything stupid would be very grateful for any advice etc, as I am not a experienced gardener am very new to all this and no very little I just want to see this plants grow big, strong and healthy Read lots of different things online but a lot of it says conflicting things so thought This has got to be the place to get advice from the experts.
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Old 08-06-2018, 10:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Since they are so stressed, it is way too early to start feeding them. Also, direct sun is a big no no. Nothing but a little water and a shaded area until it starts to push out a new cigar leaf.

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Also you are watering them way too much. I water my 6ft Orinco only 3 times a week in very hot Cali.
You are going to kill it.
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Thank you for the response, I will move them to the most shady spot in my garden, and lay off the feed, if they are sprouting new leaves should I feed them? they are only 50cm tall, is this to young to be feeding ?
I am in the UK and we are having a mad heatwave at the moment, so have been watering them once a day.
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Thank you for the response, I will move them to the most shady spot in my garden, and lay off the feed, if they are sprouting new leaves should I feed them? they are only 50cm tall, is this to young to be feeding ?
I am in the UK and we are having a mad heatwave at the moment, so have been watering them once a day.
I have a pup that's on it's 3rd leaf in ground, and it's only now I'm starting to give it some liquid feed. It's around 40cm/1.5ft tall.

I still wouldn't go crazy on the watering, even though bananas are super tough, you can overwater them quite easily. My average daytime temps for this time of year is 90F/32C and I'm still only watering 2-3 times a week.

Once they take off they are bullet proof, but you'll need to get it settled.
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Welcome to the Bunch. ... Picture would help.


No water; no direct sun; no fertilizer. Wait until you see signs of life & new growth. ... If there is any green leaves or partial green leave, give it a mist of water. This size plant would only need a tablespoon or 2 of fertilizer in the top of the pot about every 3 months or a weak (1/2 tsp to a gal) foliar spray of miracle Grow every 10 days.
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37.667910 - Thanks for the advise, I will keep water 2 times a week for now its 30c here at the moment. have moved it into the shade.

edwmax - Cheers for the tips, One out of the three has got new leaf coming through. one is starting to look a bit better but no new leafs and one has no leaves as I cut them off when they turned full brown this one looks really bad.
I will get some pictures when i get home from work later.

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Hi have uploaded some pictures to the gallery link above, As you can see in a very sad state one is looking like its going to be alright.
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Mist the leaves with a little bit of water, but nothing else. ... I can't tell from the photos, but the pots must have drain hole open the the air and can drain water out. ... Pots with tight fitting saucers, fix to the bottom of the pot are not good for bananas.


Wait a few days then give the plants with growing leaves about 1/2 Tbsp of fertilizer around the outside of the pot/soil.
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Brilliant I will just mist the leaves for now then, thanks very much for the advise.

Please excuse my lack of knowledge/terminology, when you say tight fitting pots does that mean the pot is to narrow at the bottom? and they do much better in a pot that is same width from top to bottom?

I drilled loads of holes in the base for good drainage as I know they don't like wet roots. they do sit straight on the ground like that They don't have a saucer or plate underneath?

If they manage to survive would you suggest putting them in wider base pots or will the moving stress them out?

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OK, good the water must drain out of the pot.



From the photo i couldn't tell that. ... I was referring to pots with fixed saucers that can not be removed or difficult to be removed; some times called self-watering pots. These will retain too much water causing the soil at the bottom to be soggy and root rot. ... Use a standard pot with drain holes and a brick or wood block in a saucer to raise the pot above the excess water ... if these are inside.


Yes, when the plant starts growing in a couple of months you will need to repot to a larger pot ... about 12 to 14" size.
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Great, Thanks for the advise
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