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Old 06-04-2013, 08:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Unhappy Leaves turning yellow from the center?

I've been watering the bananas, but they still wilt during the day. I recently finally got in some banana fertilizer and happily put some on each banana. Within a couple days(3 at most) I see this yellowing along the center of each leaf?

Here's one of the dwarf reds

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Of course, it's wilted in the picture too, midday.

Here's my little potted Ice Cream

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You can see it on the bigger one better of course. We've had quite a bit of rain lately too, in case that's relevant. It's been pretty hot too.

I did try to look up anything related but didn't find anything that showed yellowing down the center. What did I do? I used banana fertilizer, too much? Will they die? I feel bad!

Some of the bananas don't show it, or not yet. All of the dwarf reds do though.
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: Leaves turning yellow from the center?

Bananas do fold leaves it's common. You have pushed the panic button. First thing people tend to do is over water and more food. Problem will end only when we get out of the panic mode. I've been there & done that. Since they are young plants they may need a little shade protection.
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I'm not super worried about the folding leaves, but the yellowing down the center line actually.

Should I rig some shade for them? They do get a LOT of sun.
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I'm not super worried about the folding leaves, but the yellowing down the center line actually.

Should I rig some shade for them? They do get a LOT of sun.
Definitely. In the past I have seen mine get burnt to a crisp. Now as silly as it might sound, I have some tiki umbrellas I stick in the ground until they get a little bigger and can take the sun better. I keep them up for the hottest part of the day. They did do well this way.
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I think I'll have to rig tiny tarps out of shade cloth. Umbrella like things end up in the next county here(it's windy at times) and if they didn't fly away, they're 'grow legs' and walk off since my front yard has no fence and I haven't had time to terrify the newest batch of neighbors.

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The flattening of the leaves downward is a natural thing bananas do when they have too much sun. You don't have to do anything to them, they just do this during the day, and come back at night/morning. Nothing to worry about. The yellowing on the second picture may be due to either too much water or too much fertilizer. I'd hold back a bit on both, but don't let it get excessively dry if it's hot/sunny during the day. Bananas can handle a lot of water if it's hot/humid.

If you ask me, I'd say hold off on fertilizer for a bit, but let everything else continue. Sun may cause leaf burn initially when plants are moved out/transplanted into more light then they are used to. They may even get torched/sunburnt and leaves will get fried, but the new foliage will come out adapted to it and will be perfect without need for shade cloth, etc.
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Well I did just put the fertilizer on them. They've been out in the full sun the whole time(the pups came up after the freezes). I just think they look unhappy all droopy.

I haven't watered the last couple days because of all the rains, but I'll leave off watering them for a couple days even if it doesn't rain. I guess it makes sense for them to fold the leaves to avoid soaking in extra heat. I just figured the extra sunlight would be good for them.
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