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Old 06-15-2020, 11:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hey all, I put In four bananas about 3 months ago and they were growing like crazy, one still is, they were producing a new leafs about every 5 days, then 2 weeks ago 3 of them just stopped immediately! And the center new leafs all looks brown/black and slimy?? They have done anything in over two weeks now? Other
Leafs stay green, I just cut a leaf off of each one to try and stimulate them? Help?? Thanks !!
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Looks like a bug infestation to me. ... 2 things will cause the leaves to droop: lack of water or high radiant heat from the sun.



Next ... did you set the plant/corm deeper than it was in the pot? if so that was not good. The top of the corm should be at the soil surface.
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Looks like a bug infestation to me. ... 2 things will cause the leaves to droop: lack of water or high radiant heat from the sun.



Next ... did you set the plant/corm deeper than it was in the pot? if so that was not good. The top of the corm should be at the soil surface.
How do I know where the top of the corm is? It’s also been around 90 here for 2 weeks
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Ya. Rot or choking. I would cut a couple inches off the top. If the center is still black, brown, or otherwise not completely white, keep going. If it goes all the way to the corm (roots) then the corn is rotting. I don't know how to explain where the corm starts without a picture so edwmax will have to clear that up.
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Ya. Rot or choking. I would cut a couple inches off the top. If the center is still black, brown, or otherwise not completely white, keep going. If it goes all the way to the corm (roots) then the corn is rotting. I don't know how to explain where the corm starts without a picture so edwmax will have to clear that up.
So cut off the leaves that are there now?
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That's what I would do
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Done, I had to go to about 4 inches above the ground ��, should I dig one up and check the roots for rot?

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Not sure. It might be good to leave it. I would dig around the plant and inspect the corm and the roots, without digging it up. Btw corm is the mass that the roots come out of.
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Not sure. It might be good to leave it. I would dig around the plant and inspect the corm and the roots, without digging it up. Btw corm is the mass that the roots come out of.
They looked good, I think, bright white and firm
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Hey all, I put In four bananas about 3 months ago and they were growing like crazy, one still is, they were producing a new leafs about every 5 days, then 2 weeks ago 3 of them just stopped immediately! And the center new leafs all looks brown/black and slimy?? They have done anything in over two weeks now? Other
Leafs stay green, I just cut a leaf off of each one to try and stimulate them? Help?? Thanks !!
Looking fine......stay the course.....

Newly planted plants will take time to adjust......
Give 30 days + for the plant to sort itself out.
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How do I know where the top of the corm is? Itís also been around 90 here for 2 weeks

The corm is the white potato looking thing. IT IS the banana plant. the pstem is just a growing limb & a collection of leaves. The soil line is where the pstem turns white at the bottom. It doesn't hurt if part of the corm is above the soil.


With ambient temps of 90 plus, the radiant sun temp on the leaf is 105 - 115 deg F plus. Shading or light water misting will cool the plant.
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