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Old 07-02-2014, 09:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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The first 2 pics are new bananas I planted a few weeks ago. Do they look ok?? The leaves look like they are wilting and turning brown. They are getting plenty of water. The ground is clay and pretty crappy.





These have been in the ground for 2 years and this is what grew back after the winter. They look like maybe a different species then the 1st 2 pics.



These are my old 1s that grew like crazy in the clay, but i had to dig them up every winter. I got tired of digging them up so I got cold hardy 1s to replace them.





The other pics were from a few weeks ago. Below is a recent pic. You can see the new sprout is burnt and not looking good. Not enough water??



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Old 07-02-2014, 09:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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the first 2 pics and the fifth one they look like they need water bad, other than that they look good to me. got to remember they will get a lot of reflected heat off that light colored wall and being so close to it.
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Thanks. I live in South Jersey, right near the Delaware river. I am not sure what zone that is.
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The Yellow one's need some epsom salts.. Watered in good..
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the first 2 pics and the fifth one they look like they need water bad, other than that they look good to me. got to remember they will get a lot of reflected heat off that light colored wall and being so close to it.
And the dyed black mulch will heat up pretty good also.....I use the mulch also and see your young plants look just like mine. If you lay a thermometer on it you will see what I mean...my guess+-20 degrees from the grass temp.

It is a landscape tradeoff once your plants get established next year they will not be bothered as much by the additional heat the black mulch absorbs from the sun.......sometimes mine gets so hot I can barely walk on it barefoot .

On the other hand your patio is making a good heatsink too
You might have noticed that your hostsa get stressed as it heats up also, mine do too.
Your stuff looks nice.
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Thanks everyone for the quick responses!!!

Guess I will make sure they get some more water. I am use to the non-cold hardy ones I had. I would cut em down to 1 or 2 ft, dig em up for the winter, then would replant and they would grow like crazy.

The hostas get big every year. 1 minute they are small and a week later they are huge.

Do the lighter yellow leave plants look like a different species??? They have survived 2 winters so far and originally started with just 1.

I want them to get big and have a plan for this coming winter. Instead of cutting them down to the ground and burring with mulch, I am going to try and leave them a foot or 2 tall. Then stuff a trash bag full of leaves, cut a small hole in bottom of bag and put over top of the shortened stalk.

That sound ok, or anyone else have other ideas?? I figured this way they would grow taller being a foot or 2 already in the spring vs growing from the ground.

A guy near me had one that was prob 15-20 feet tall. He would dig it up every year and stick in his screened in porch. This year it didnt make it though. It was pretty impressive how big it was.

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