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Old 01-13-2015, 04:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Joy Any Banana Doctors in the House? Dwarf Cavendish Brown/Yellow Leaves

I just purchased this super dwarf cavendish from Lowes that I wanted to help. If anyone knows why the leaves may be brown/yellow or what I should do to render the issue, please let me know! I'm new to growing banana plants, but my guess was maybe it was caused by inadequate watering and/or some kind of fungus? The pics are giant; I wasn't sure how to make them smaller when linking from a facebook photo album.

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Old 01-14-2015, 10:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It needs some TLC!! LOL

A bigger pot with some good soil, sunlight and water.

Its winter time, DC are easily damaged by cold weather.
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Thank you Sal! I'll definitely be planting the super dwarf cavendish in the ground in mid-March once all potential freezes are over. I was worried maybe it had leaf fungus or some kind of disease.

Thank you for your input and help! :-)
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Your plant look just like a typical plant that has been purchased at a BIG BOX store......good find. You will have bananas in a year or so.
Sometimes they do not receive the LOVE that we expect before we buy them..

Plants you purchase at big box's usually are stressed somewhat ......but from the looks of your plant you are good and your plant looks healthy.

You are in the deep south.....you are good....recovery is a little faster there.
At the end of the day ........You rock..
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Thank you, Cincinnana. Cool name by the way! You are right; it looks nothing like the much healthier banana plant that I purchased at a local nursery. Thank you so much for your boost of extra encouragement and advice! I'm still learning about taking care of banana plants, so I greatly appreciate your encouragement!

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This is extremely pleasant and conventional post....you shook posting it...thanks a considerable measure for posting it....!!
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Ahh yes, that appears to be the black sigatoka fungus. Cavendish varieties are especially prone to developing this fungus. but it is non fatal. The main issue I have with the black sigatoka fungus is that is will consume your leaves before the rack has enough time to devlope, resulting in yellow bananas that are undeveloped. Combating the black sigatoka is primarily a mintenance issue: prune off all leaves that are more than 25% infected, and keep all dead banana leaf material away from plant - it spreads from old leaves that are covered in spores. Don't get water on the leaves and make sure to have plenty of air flow. This is really important because moist stagnant conditions are where the fungus thrives. And last you want to ammend your banana with its favorite micronutrients and fertilizers because a healthy banana can combat the sigatoka without a problem. It needs the recomended amount of boron, potassium, calcium, phosphorous. nitrogen. I usually make a little mixture of dolomite (calcium) with a tbsp of boron, potash, chicken pellets and epson salts, wood ash, bokashi (or other EM), rock dust, kelp meal. Also another thing you can try is weekly foliar sprays with EM1. The idea is to innoculate the leaf surface with microorganism so that there is no niche for the fungus to get establish, and to break its reproduction cycle.
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I had the same problem with a Lowe's DC I got. Now I fight sig all over my yard.
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Varieties I supposedly bought: Manzano, Cavendish, Blue Java, Sweetheart, and Gros Michel.
What it seems I actually have: Brazilian, Cavendish, Namwah, Dwarf Red, Gros Michel, Pisang Ceylon, Veinte Cohol and SH 3640, and American Goldfinger. FHIA 1, Paggi and FHIA 17... Always room for one more.
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On the bright side, I hear that a lab in Australia has a new organic antifungal based off of tea tree oil that knocks black sig out. Too bad it's not available in the US yet... see here:
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...ZqBtDj9O6P858g
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What it seems I actually have: Brazilian, Cavendish, Namwah, Dwarf Red, Gros Michel, Pisang Ceylon, Veinte Cohol and SH 3640, and American Goldfinger. FHIA 1, Paggi and FHIA 17... Always room for one more.
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