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Old 08-08-2010, 11:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Unhappy Banana leaves suddenly stripped...

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Any help in identifying the very sudden problem with my large and beautiful banana. (Novice - I don't even know what type of tree it is!) This otherwise very healthy and fast growing tree suddenly started to sprout stripped leaves. The last set which developed over the period of three weeks looks like it was devoured by a giant tropical beast. My wife and I suspect some kind of pest deep within the tree munching on the fresh stalks when they are very small, but can't find any pests whatsoever visible. You can view the destruction here:

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Thanks in advance for any help in the cause and any possible solutions. We are in a zone 10 area.

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Old 08-08-2010, 12:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: Banana leaves suddenly stripped...

Your banana looks to me like an Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii'.

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Maby some Japanese beetles are eating the leaves? I know they attack my Ice cream 'blue java'


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Old 08-08-2010, 12:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey Welcome to the Org. :^) Looks like you have a caterpillar (most likely) or grasshopper problem.
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Default Re: Banana leaves suddenly stripped...

just grow more...yu'll eventually outrun the bugs!

here in Mexico, I'd be spraying 27 different products in order to get great leaves...can't do it, to much work and too toxic...

i just plant more, hope the cutter ants show up on my diseased leaves and trees...then they sprout with fresh new ones...and the fruit seems to continue without pause...

on your banana, i do understand that you need all those square inches of green leaf to make fruit, and perhaps the bugs were there for just a week or so...things will probably improve...

hang in there, and pick up a few more just in case
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Default Re: Banana leaves suddenly stripped...

I to am having the same problem with My ensete maurelli,which is in a container,and just 2 feet away another ensete maurelli not having the same problem,so I really don't see any insects on either one of mine,but yet one has stripped leaves and the other doesn't.
In fact I can see it being stripped before it even emerges out far enough to unfold its leaves if it had some to unfold!
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something eating the unrolled leaf...search for a root-absorbed systemic and wait...
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Try Bayer 3-in-1. I've used it on my Maurelli successfully.
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I have some Bayers Complete,I'll try some of that.
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It could be some sort of pest (caterpillar or Japanese beetles). It could also be care-oriented such as too much water or a nutrient deficiency. If it is an E. maurelii, they are kinda fastidious in my experience and tend to do things like throw out messed-up leaves if their conditions aren't right.
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I agree with you,but in my case,I have another one 2 feet from this one which is doing fine,which was potted up at the same time using everything exactly as the one with stripped leaves,even being fertilize exactly.
I think it just might be in the plant itself!
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LOL....well then my plant was definitely the 'reject' of the family cause it was a drama queen about ANYTHING. I would say the day I got it in the mail was the best it EVER looked. I actually rejoiced when it finally died cause I had grown tired of looking at its sorry self.
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Joy Success!!

I actually pulled it off and got the thing to grow some healthy leaves. I cut back all of the stripped leaves, used 3 in 1, soap spray, and anything else I could think of. Check out the new growth in my gallery. (The last two photos)



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Thanks for all of the suggestions!


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