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Old 08-19-2013, 04:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I have a query about one of my smaller Gros Michels. The younger leaves are getting this brown edging. The plant continues growing fine; in fact it is growing rapidly despite our winter lows of 10 degrees celcius (highs of around 20 all winter). Could it be cold? (I'd have thought that it would stop growing completely if it was). I am giving it a high nitrogen feed and other than this discoloration on new leaves only, it is very happy.

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Old 08-19-2013, 05:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks and sounds like possibly the soil maybe tainted. I'd repot this with new soil and discontinue fertilizing until winter is over. May I ask Where do you live ?
Edit: Or/and maybe just flood the pot real good a couple days in a row and discontinue fertilizing.
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May be just cold, have you got them in full sun to keep them warm. I find also with temp similar to yours if I don't keep them moist they brown off a bit.
Are you growing them in a pot or in the ground.

Please keep me in mind for a sucker of these GM's.
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May be just cold, have you got them in full sun to keep them warm. I find also with temp similar to yours if I don't keep them moist they brown off a bit.
Are you growing them in a pot or in the ground.

Please keep me in mind for a sucker of these GM's.
I think you are right. They are in the sun and quite dry as it is dry this time of year. They are growing fine though - faster than my Senoritas and Pacific Plantains (which don't get the same amount of attention).

I have so many of the common lady finger ones I am trying to give them away to make room for these babies.

Will keep you in mind Brod.
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That's great they are growing well. My Pacific Plantain and Red Dacca are my best performers. They are probably in the best spot for water, so I guess that helps. Can't wait for some rain. Keeping these babies moist is a job.
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That's great they are growing well. My Pacific Plantain and Red Dacca are my best performers. They are probably in the best spot for water, so I guess that helps. Can't wait for some rain. Keeping these babies moist is a job.
Yeah, same here. The climate has changed here. Over the last 10 years, Sydney has had warm, dry winters and cooler, wet summers. Once upon a time winter wasn't a time for a gardening, now it is the time to do all the major work. Keeping things moist is a chore now, whereas the winters used to be wet.

Poincianas are being planted (and flowering too). This would have been unheard of previously. Makes no difference to the bananas as they have been grown here since the First Fleet arrived
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