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Old 10-13-2015, 05:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Guys!

I need help!

I got this banana plant a few weeks back and it seems to be dying.

When I got it is had 8+ leaves and was in a small pot.

According to something I read, I needed to repot it in order to have it grow.

I repotted it immediately in a pat with moisture control miracle fertilizer.

I cut holes in the bottom of the pot so that it could drain. I had it first near a whind in my bed room with medium light and leaves started to die. I moved it to the kitchen where there is less ligtht and leaves still died.

I thought it might be a humiditing issue so I put a humidifier right beside it..

This was yesterdat and now leaves are visiably worse off.

What am I doing wrong?

I leave it till the frindges of the soil are dry before watering.

I dont want it to die.

Please help me save it!
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Old 10-13-2015, 07:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: My Banana is Dying :(

I have a mekong giant that done the same I cut all the leaves off and it regenerated now with 4 leaves I think it's shock hope this will help
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Hello DS,
Welcome! I moved your post because this was your first post and moving it to this forum will attract more members to see you post and welcome you.

As to your question, when you transplanted the plant, you should not fertilize it with regular fertilizer. A transplanting solution will be fine, since it will have Vitamin B and hormones conducive to growth. Vitamin B reduces stress to the plant due to the transplanting. Using regular fertilizer during transplanting, if more than 15% of the recommended amount(strength) stated on the label, will burn the plant, which is what I think is happening with your plant. What I would do at this point is wait until the next watering period and re-pot the plant with fresh moist potting media and do not water nor fertilize at this time. When the top 1" of the media (soil) has dried out, then you can just water again. Most potting media/soil have sufficient fertilizer to carry the plant of about a month. After the second watering, then you can start applying fertilizer again at half-strength at the interval recommended by the manufacturer. Do this for at least a month before going the full strength recommendation. If your plant is not in a warm and sunny location during the late Fall to early Spring months, lighten up on the watering, and fertilizing no more than once a month. But do not let the soil get completely dry out before watering. Your plant will choke and tend to re-pup itself. Check when the top 1" of the soil is dry and water adequately.

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Old 10-13-2015, 07:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It would help people help you if they knew where you live; here in FL I have some bananas in pots but only for convenience and not because they must spend winter inside. And perhaps it's not winter for you just now. If you edit your profile to reflect your growing situation (city) and zone (if applicable), that means you don't have to tell people every time you post a question about your plant/plants (because you can't have just one).

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Old 10-14-2015, 06:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: My Banana is Dying :(

I see a red light blinking! How much Miracle grow, did you overfeed your plant with?

Unless it is just a trace, I would recommend to pull the plant, spread the soil, where
you have established plants and then give you new banana fresh soil. Do not add
ant fertilizer until you see new growth!
Bone or blood meal is fine though.

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my own and those of others and to learn from them.

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Old 11-01-2015, 12:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: My Banana is Dying :(


I seem to have broke my banana leaves off while trying to test the soil...

I think the issue was that there was not enough water in the pot...

I want to know now where I can get a new banana rhysome?

Does anyone know?
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Default Re: My Banana is Dying :(

In the first photo, is that a spider plant with the banana? Looks like the spider plant has died or dying from too much water.

I have no idea on your location but time outdoors is always great. I just moved my bananas in side here in Ohio and they are mostly in east windows and leaves are going yellow already. I only have to get them to survive the winter before they go back out in the spring.

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Welcome to the Banana Express!

When I transplant mine, I always soak in rooting compound solution and plant directly without anything else. It helps get the pant going with new roots. Once it is established, THEN i add a light fertilization of MiracleGro.

Hope this helps!
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