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Old 01-27-2009, 09:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Help! My Banana is dying!!!

Hello,
I have a Red Abyssinian Banana that I bought from the Philadelphia Flower Show last Feb. I was about 2" when I got it and is now about 3' tall. It grew great all summer with just water, no fertilizer.
So, now it is VERY cold in NJ and I brought it inside for the winter. I placed it infront of the window that gets the most light and has a heat vent right under it. I figured it would from benefit from the light and stay warm from the heat vent as well as have somewhat of a breeze.
But, most of the leaves have withered away and fallen off. There are 4 leaves left, which seem to be withering away pretty quickly.
There is also no new growth coming up either.
I do water the plant every other day with water (no fertilizer).

I love this tree! Its my little touch of tropical paradise all the way up here in NJ.

Can someone tell me what I doing wrong? And, how do I prevent the plant from dying?

Thank you for any help you can give me!

Jeff
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello,
I have a Red Abyssinian Banana that I bought from the Philadelphia Flower Show last Feb. I was about 2" when I got it and is now about 3' tall. It grew great all summer with just water, no fertilizer.
So, now it is VERY cold in NJ and I brought it inside for the winter. I placed it infront of the window that gets the most light and has a heat vent right under it. I figured it would from benefit from the light and stay warm from the heat vent as well as have somewhat of a breeze.
But, most of the leaves have withered away and fallen off. There are 4 leaves left, which seem to be withering away pretty quickly.
There is also no new growth coming up either.
I do water the plant every other day with water (no fertilizer).

I love this tree! Its my little touch of tropical paradise all the way up here in NJ.

Can someone tell me what I doing wrong? And, how do I prevent the plant from dying?

Thank you for any help you can give me!

Jeff
Jeff,

Get it away from the heat vent. The dry air is dessicating the leaves.
The plant is not dying, the corm should be fine. Water the plant when the dirt is dry and don't worry.

We all want to baby out little ones but doting on them makes nothing but worry.

Good Luck!
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were the leaves touching the cold glass? and yes move it away from the heater vent. the heater vent will cook the crom. again only water the plant when the top 2 inches of dirt is dry and in winter water sparingly, or rot can set in. jmo
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Old 01-28-2009, 08:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Jeff ,just a hunch but have you checked it for spider mites as well. You would see the webs or a dust like substance on the leaves. My red Abyssinian was the first to get them when I brought it in side in the fall.
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