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Old 07-31-2008, 11:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have leaves on banana plant that are bending at the tips. A while back there was a thread about this ,I searched but cant find it. Does anyone remember the title of the thread or remember what was causing the leaves to bend. Thanks
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Old 07-31-2008, 12:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can you post pics?
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Old 07-31-2008, 12:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have been having problems posting photos. The leaves are curved sideways .
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Old 07-31-2008, 12:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 07-31-2008, 06:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Mine do that in the middle of the
day when the sun is hot .
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Old 07-31-2008, 06:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The leaves fold up in the heat of the day but this is different. Do you see how it is bending sideways , never seen that before. I will check them out this evening and see if they straighten. Thanks
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Old 07-31-2008, 08:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Tony, I started a rather long running thread about the exact same thing. I don't think I ever really figured what happened to the leaves. It seems it was just that one season cause now they are all fine. I haven't really changed anything food or water wise, so I don't know. They are a pain though as they get caught trying to unfurl and then the next one grows into it and gets tangled. I ended up lopping off the end of several of them to allow them to unfurl all the way.
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Tony,
Is that one you got from me? I think the plant that I got as williams (not sure if it really is) does this. But my memory is a bit fuzzy. I've definitely seen this before and it's not a problem, it will grow out of it.

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Old 07-31-2008, 09:22 PM   #9 (permalink)
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STRESS would be my guess, but could also be a genetic flaw.
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:38 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Sounds like it is no problem for the plant. Thats good. Matt this is a goldfinger not one of yours. Thanks for the help eveyone
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the "Fhia" varieties have this trait.
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I haven't noticed this on any of mine.
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Old 08-01-2008, 05:35 PM   #14 (permalink)
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My FHIA 18 is fine. Like I said, I had this problem with several varieties but only for one season. The only thing that I can think might have changed is the temps and humidity.
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I have a GF that does that on occasion.. I just guessed it was heat becoz it is always standing up very proudly come morning...
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I have a GF that does that on occasion.. I just guessed it was heat becoz it is always standing up very proudly come morning...
I think your talking about is just mid day droop. What Tony is asking about is permanently bent leaves that emerge that way from day one and never change, right Tony? Sometimes they are bent to the left and sometimes to the right.
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Old 08-01-2008, 08:48 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Default Re: Bent leaves

I had to perform surgery on some Ae Ae leaves that were bent but then someone on another group suggested watering it more and that seemed to help, though I don't know if that might be related to other situations as mine is in a large pot still (but not for long).
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Thats right . The leaves are bent not drooping , but they are not that way from day one.
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Thats right . The leaves are bent not drooping , but they are not that way from day one.
So when they unfurl they are straight, then later they become permanently bent?
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i also have this problem and mine start like that, before they even unfurl all the way you can see the bend in the cigar, it looks like a S almost and the leaf thats affected stays that way till it dies, some get it and some dont, wish i knew why? and like Tony says they are also folded like the hot part of the day and bent, but they never flaten out like a leaf would when it starts to get cool at sunset, they just stay that way.
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