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Old 06-18-2014, 10:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Does my plant have BBTV? It did not look like this last fall. It is supposed to be a Gross Michel.









Sorry for the sideways pictures. I'm not sure why they showed up that way. They were the rightside up before I uploaded them.
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Old 06-18-2014, 10:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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That does not look like BBTV to me. The leaf symptoms of BBTV are J hooks and narrow blades. These symptoms normally appear before bunching.
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It is my understanding that with BBTV new leaves of the banana plant are stunted and bunched with the edges deformed and yellowish in color.
The leaves in your photo look kind of bunched up but not deformed or yellow at the edges. I wonder if it is because of restricted space because of the wall behind it and the other plant extremely close to it. Might be that it is fighting for enough sunlight and nutrients.
I am no expert but do know that Gros Michel unfortunately is susceptible to BBTV
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Old 06-18-2014, 11:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you click on the photo, and look at the bottom, there is an edit button, and you can rotate it. I had this same problem a couple of days ago. The pics I have seen of bunchy top, have narrow leaves.
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Thanks for the responses. I don't know much about BBTV and the plant was a TC I planted last year, so it should be fine, but the leaves seemed rather bunched up.
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That does not look like my gros michel tissue culture. The leaves on mine are much more narrow
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Here is my gros michel which came via ssdarkman619:

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Looks at least sorta like BBTV to me - but I've never grown big Mike.
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My dwarf Cavendish tends to make rosettes of leaves in darker conditions, but grows taller with more light. What light exposure does it have?
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The plant gets pretty good sun most of the day.
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Look at this document to compare for BTV

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Two questions. Is the plant really a Gros Michel (vs some dwarf that would look all bunchy naturally)? Do you have BBTV in your area?
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It is not BBTV
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