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Old 12-02-2008, 10:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Dwarf Gran Nain Help- Leaves Keep Dying

Hi,

I have tried everything to try and stop my plant from dying with no avail so I am hoping someone here can help. When I first got my plant in May it was a VERY rainy month and the plant was getting too watered and some leaves started to die. I quickly realized this and that was that.

After reading this forum I replanted with a mixture of potting soil and perlite with some mergonite and took it inside (September on the east coast). The plant is still dying. The leaves slowly get brown spots which spread and then kill off the leaves. The plant is still sprouting new leaves but at this rate all the leaves are going to die. Is it something I am or not doing or is it perhaps a sign of the plant going into dormancy? I attached some pics so you can see a little better.

Please help! I love my little banana tree.

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Old 12-02-2008, 11:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: Dwarf Gran Nain Help- Leaves Keep Dying

Looks ok to me, it might not have a sufficient root system to feed all those leafs. It is normal to lose the lower leafs, especially after transplanting.
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Default Re: Dwarf Gran Nain Help- Leaves Keep Dying

Gadget is correct about lower leaf loss after transplanting. In general, the plant will drop 1 lower leaf for each 1 or 2 new leaves.

However, your plant is also suffering from salt and/or fertilizer burn. When you water, make sure the excess water goes out the bottom and keeps going somewhere else -- the plant should not sit in draining water.

Use purified water (for steam irons), OR: The day before you water put the water in a pitcher or empty milk jug and let it sit for a day, so the alkaline gases in the city water will escape. Also, add a pinch (1/4 teaspoon) of water-soluble acidic plant food to each gallon so that the alkaline water is neutralized. Finally, the last inch or so of water in your pitcher will have salts (possibly invisible) that settled out over-night. Do not use the water at the bottom.
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