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maestro1978lore 11-13-2009 05:46 AM

Dear all,

I would like to ask your assistance.
I have a Brazilian Banana Prata (see gallery) and I have notice that on the top of the shoot there are several little grey animals (lice?).
They stay in the liquid at the base of the sprout.
How can I get them out?
Are they going to kill my plant?

Thank you in advance for the assistance.


LilRaverBoi 11-13-2009 08:12 PM

Re: Pests....vermin??
Well, my main advice is to get rid of the liquid. Having a corm as in the pictures with standing liquid inside is likely to result in rot. So try to dry the liquid out in some way (paper towel, etc). Kill the little buggers if ya can, but otherwise, I'm not sure it's necessary to do any drastic treatment on plants that are so young in their regrowth.

maestro1978lore 11-16-2009 09:26 AM

Re: Pests....vermin??
Thank you so very much for the advice!
By the way, I have serious doubt that is getting rotten!!!! I had to remove the external leaves of the corm and I found out at the "base" (where the leave is not dried) it was rotten and with those tiny bugs....DAMN IT!!!
Should I quit to watering?
I have always made sure the ground was not wet but humid...
Please help me to save my corm...I brought it from Brazil!!!!

Thank you in advance

lorax 11-16-2009 10:17 AM

Re: Pests....vermin??
I would stop watering and if possible move the corm to a different part of the garden or into a new pot. Trim off the rotted part and just replant the good part of the corm. Then, only water when the soil feels dry up to the second knuckle on your finger when you put a finger in the soil.


Pararia rego e se possível movimento o cormo a uma parte diferente do jardim ou num novo pote. Corte a parte apodrecida e somente plante a parte boa do cormo. Então, só água quando a terra sente-se seco até o segundo nó no seu dedo quando põe um dedo na terra.

maestro1978lore 11-16-2009 10:47 AM

Re: Pests....vermin??
Thank you so much Lorax!

So, basically you are saying that I should:
1 - remove the corm from the current pot,
2 - remove the external rotten leaves,
3 - should I trim the roots?
4- the top of the corm (where the new plant is growing) looks rotten as well....should I trim it?
5 - then, replant it in another vase


I am sorry to ask all these question, but I am a "freshman" nanner :)

lorax 11-16-2009 11:29 AM

Re: Pests....vermin??
1. Absolutely
2. Right again
3-4. Trim off anything that feels squishy.
5. Into another pot with fresh soil.

No worries about questions, it's how one goes from Freshman nanner to Nanner PhD (and I don't claim to be anywhere close to that yet!)

maestro1978lore 11-16-2009 03:43 PM

Re: Pests....vermin??
Lorax you are the MAN!!!! Thank you soooo much....

I am going to use your help once there a specific moon condition, temperature or anything else that you would recommend I should wait to do the "procedure"?
Consider that I am in Italy, in Milan, and the current weather is between 8 and 13 "C (fall). I am keeping the plant inside the house in front of a window...
Also, I was reading that there are nanners that trim the corm 15cm above the "roots area" (sorry for my not appropriate vocabulary) leaving basically no corm exposed when planted (all the corm within the soil). What do you think?

Thanks once again you have been so kind, and I really want to save my plant!!!


Hasta siempre

lorax 11-16-2009 04:49 PM

Re: Pests....vermin??
If you're indoors, you can do this whenever you want to without worrying too much about the temperature. I'm superstitious about moon phases when planting things from seed, but in terms of saving a plant grown from a corm, there's no stricture.

If your stems are not squishy, I wouldn't worry about trimming the top of the plant back to 15 cm above the roots, but if they are squishy, I'd do it.

Lorax (aka Elizabeth)

maestro1978lore 11-17-2009 08:59 AM

Re: Pests....vermin??

You are extremely kind and useful!!!
The only rotten part on the stems is 2 inches below the "new" sprout... so I would trim right below there. The only concern I have is that when I trim the corm, it spreads out a lot of liquid. Should I dried it out before replant it?
Moreover, it has also spider mites!..They have grown in the rotten part of the corm.....OUCH, I am so unlucky!!! I have read that there are biological (also home made) pesticide made with soap and chili any case I will ask to the garden owner..

Which kind of soil mixture you would suggest me, considering the climate zone and the indoor growing?

Sorry for "exploiting" your kindness...:)


maestro1978lore 11-27-2009 06:44 AM

Re: Pests....vermin??
Just a quick update...check the picture:

after 8 days since trimmed it, put it in a smaller pot and added some expanded wax in the soil (with high content of peat)...
I think is a great result, although I am not a great expert!

Banana Gallery - 26112009_002_

Banana Gallery - 26112009


Dalmatiansoap 11-27-2009 07:59 AM

Re: Pests....vermin??
That looks good now. Just take good care on watering and its safe ;)

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