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Old 07-16-2019, 05:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hi I recently got some large Abyssinian bananas from my father in law. He is great at growing them in pots but I however struggle. Even when I try to do exactly as he does mine have issues. They are in tall pots and I water them every second day with miracle grow. His end up 8 feet tall by doing this. Many of the bottom leaves turned yellow in the first month and now the new bigger leaves are turning black around the edges and then now starting to turn yellow just in from the black. I have tried to included pictures but canít figure it out. Anybody able to give some ideas? I can email pictures if that helps.
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Old 07-16-2019, 06:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Too much water. Small pups do not need as much water as bigger plants. .... Also make sure the pot drains water out. the pot soil needs to drain water about 15 to 30 seconds after pouring in the top. Bananas need FRESH water and do not tolerate stale or stagnate water in the bottom of the pot.
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Hi I recently got some large Abyssinian bananas from my father in law. He is great at growing them in pots but I however struggle. Even when I try to do exactly as he does mine have issues. They are in tall pots and I water them every second day with miracle grow. His end up 8 feet tall by doing this. Many of the bottom leaves turned yellow in the first month and now the new bigger leaves are turning black around the edges and then now starting to turn yellow just in from the black. I have tried to included pictures but canít figure it out. Anybody able to give some ideas? I can email pictures if that helps.
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For me those plants need more tlc....they are big and vascular and tender.
My five foot plant of 4years was beautiful one day and pulled from the garden the next or looking totally heat stressed while nothing has changed except the 95 degree heat.
They are an awesome plant though.
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Please upload a picture of the over-all plant & pot.


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n Reply to your Post Re: New to bananas: thanks for your reply. Would you suggest watering less frequently or less each time. Right now I water every two days and I live in vancouver Canada. The pots have a couple inches of pea gravel on the bottom and three drain hole on the bottom of each pot.

Get and use a long stem moisture meter. Water when the middle and bottom of the potting soil is dry. ... The pea gravel only made the pot & soil work like it was in a shorter pot. Water is trapped in the soil.
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It seems you are over-watering! Yellowing of leaves is common indication. The roots are rotting. Let them dry out slightly before re-watering...it encourages the roots to develop further ro seek water.
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