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Old 06-26-2020, 11:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hi Everyone,

I'm a new member. I've read through the forums for the last few years but never joined. I've been a Musa Basjoo owner for several years now. Last year was the first year for my current plant. I cut it down (to about 2 ft height) and wintered it as normal. Due to the late cold this spring I waited longer than normal to uncover it. As a result the first leaf/shoot was pushing against the top of the container and was curled up. However, after some time and fertilizer it finally got going and was growing well. I used a mixture of "Banana Fuel" fertilizer and Miracle Grow. I normally just fertilize with the Banana Fuel but wanted the extra nitrogen of the Miracle Grow to get it going from its stunted start. Unfortunately, over the last couple of weeks something is starting to go wrong. My leaves are getting smaller and opening before they completely emerge from the pseudostem (see pictures). I've never had this happen before and don't know what is causing this. Can anyone tell me what is causing this and what I can do to get my banana back on track to growing normally and producing nice big leaves? Thanks!

P.S. I also posted this in the Cold Hardy Banana forum but also posted it here as I thought more people would see it here.

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Old 06-26-2020, 12:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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May be getting ready to push out a bloom?
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Shouldn't be. Only been uncovered and sprouting from the winter "stump" for about 6 weeks. This will be only the 6th leaf pushed out. Last Basjoo I had got to 25-30 feet by the end of summer and still hadn't put on a bloom. Am in Illinois and Mid-May to October is about the full growing season.
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Looks like a flag leaf, they bloom when they want to.
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Looks like a flag leaf, they bloom when they want to.
We'll see. Just don't think so. Basjoo usually requires 12-24 months of warmth to bloom. This was wintered outside. Including last summer it probably has only had 5 months of warmth.
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We'll see. Just don't think so. Basjoo usually requires 12-24 months of warmth to bloom. This was wintered outside. Including last summer it probably has only had 5 months of warmth.

That would be TOTAL and not required to be continuous; and above 55 deg F.


I did make a longer post above, but it appears to gotten deleted. I agree the last 2 leaves showing are a pre-flag & a flag leaf. .... Look inside the partially rolled & open leaf to see if the top of a bud is showing
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Yeah, it's about to flower. That is why the leaf is different.
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