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Old 10-28-2018, 06:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Baby dwarf cavendish is developing black spots.

I am a new grower in California, and purchased a dwarf cavendish about a month ago. It is in a pot in my living room, and appears to enjoy the location. The plant had small black spots on its trunk when I first got it that have since grown larger, but have not thus far effected the leaves. The oldest leaves slowest turn yellow and fall off, but that has only been the case with two. Can anyone let me know if the black on the trunk portion of the plant is normal or fungal? And if it is a sign of disease, is there any way to save it? Thank you.

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The black spots look normal to me.
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Hi Carol, the "wine" stains on your plant are typical for young Dwarf Cavendish. It's a beautiful indoor plant but don't expect it to produce fruit anytime soon with indoor lighting.

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Thank you for your response. I wont worry further about the wine stains, and will just let it be.

I have posted my latitude and longitude on my public profile. I am in Northern California, where it is approximately 80 degrees during the day and in the 40s at night, so the cavendish needs to be inside.

I will just have to see whether it wants to fruit or not. That spot certainly gets a lot of light in the summer, but I can also wheel it out to the patio when the weather begins to warm up again.

I have planted a cold hardy blue Java in the back yard to see what it does. That plant is much smaller than this one, but has more light.
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Here's the Feb-Mar 2018 temperature history from a weather station in your neighborhood. It appears you are in zone 8a. I recommend you also pot up the blue java and bring it indoors to avoid temperatures below 40F. In my experience it is no more cold hardy than Namwa and will not survive temperatures below 25F.

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How tall do you think that the blue Java will reach at maximum height if it is potted? I would have done that from the start, but I have 8 foot ceilings.
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How tall do you think that the blue Java will reach at maximum height if it is potted? I would have done that from the start, but I have 8 foot ceilings.
In the ground it will fruit with a pstem height of around 11 feet (perhaps 9' in a 15 gallon pot. Add 3' to this for overall height including leaves.

There are some threads on this site about storing banana plants in a dormant stage through the winter.
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