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Old 06-17-2007, 04:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It seems like an excessive number of leaves are coming off my cavendish plant. Last time I saw this number of leaves come off my ice cream, the plant was about to choke. Does anyone know why its doing this?

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Old 06-17-2007, 04:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Also, it all happened at the same time.
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Old 06-17-2007, 06:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Leaves coming off

I've had this happen in the past as the stem thickens, looks to me like its just outgrowing its old leaves, like a snake outgrows its skin (kind of).

The new emerging leaf looks healthy to me, if thats a good indicator.

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Old 06-17-2007, 06:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thats good news. Thanks.
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Old 06-18-2007, 02:49 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Leaves coming off

Orinocos do that for a while after you move them around.
Ice Creams too.
Probably a lot of others, too!

I wouldn't worry too much about it, just resist the urge to cut them off unless aesthetics are very important where the plant is located.
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Old 06-18-2007, 02:55 AM   #6 (permalink)
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oh and when you say "was about to choke" do you mean that there was a bud that was coming out improperly, or the leaves were getting all wrapped up in each other as they emerged? It could just be a major change in the growth that causes the sheathes to not be able to cling on, maybe too drastic of a change in caliper. Just some ideas... I'd assume that research has been done on the phenomenon though for a more definitive answer.
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Old 06-18-2007, 09:08 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I have the same phenom on my dwarf cav also and I thought that is just the basic characteristics of such plant for being dwarf.
I don't think nothing of it as long as it looks healthy and green.
I am new to this BTW.
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When I say chock I mean the leaves.

Thanks for the advice, I will just leave it.
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I'm going with the snake theory. I have a Basjoo that was planted recently doing the same thing. The PS started getting thick real fast and the same things happened to it.
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I think the thick stem is out of the question now. The plant is doing terrible.







I think its dying back to the ground. The pups are doing great though. Maybe its the pot.
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Sometimes stems do die off without flowering, especially if they have had a hard time in some way.
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Old 07-06-2007, 12:58 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Do you think maybe its too much water. I am just going to whack the plant back to the ground and let the pups take over.
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