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Old 10-05-2022, 08:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default ANOTHER shriveling flower! What gives??

So I've had two banana flowers emerge, appear to get stuck, shrivel, and rot, all in the last 3 months. Now my THIRD banana has shot up a flower and that one is also sticking in the opening and showing signs of rot. Up until then all 3 have looked perfectly healthy. No obvious rot, not black streaks, no spots, no holes. Two are truly tiny cavendish type, the most recent is a dwarf cavendish. I have them direct-planted in the ground, consisting of about 1 1/2 feet worth of compost and potting soil, with good old wisconsin glacial till further down. They are kept in a greenhouse at 60F minimum (with several grow lights for the shorter light season), and the vents open at 85F. And i've had them for 4 years without issues and gotten several nice clumps of bananas. I give them an occasional scoop of chicken poop for fertilizer. I have no idea what could be wrong.
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Old 10-07-2022, 06:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: ANOTHER shriveling flower! What gives??

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So I've had two banana flowers emerge, appear to get stuck, shrivel, and rot, all in the last 3 months. Now my THIRD banana has shot up a flower and that one is also sticking in the opening and showing signs of rot. Up until then all 3 have looked perfectly healthy. No obvious rot, not black streaks, no spots, no holes. Two are truly tiny cavendish type, the most recent is a dwarf cavendish. I have them direct-planted in the ground, consisting of about 1 1/2 feet worth of compost and potting soil, with good old wisconsin glacial till further down. They are kept in a greenhouse at 60F minimum (with several grow lights for the shorter light season), and the vents open at 85F. And i've had them for 4 years without issues and gotten several nice clumps of bananas. I give them an occasional scoop of chicken poop for fertilizer. I have no idea what could be wrong.
I have never encountered healthy greenhouse grown plants aborting flowers for no apparent reason.That seems odd. I hope they sort it out.
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Default Re: ANOTHER shriveling flower! What gives??

i don't get it either! they look perfectly healthy, even the flower bud that emerges looks healthy, but then it just stalls, shrivels and rots. the REST of the foliage continues to look healthy. I've searched online and found exactly nothing.
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