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Old 09-01-2009, 09:35 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Thanks Gadget. I guess I will have to plant it in a pot that I have. The soil around here is terrible anyways and most of my plants are in containers lol. I really appreciate all the help.
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I think this is the same problem you are having. This was caused by our recent hot weather. the plant is in a pot and only watered twice a week so I don't think it is from wet soil. I think your plant is adjusting and it will be fine where it is. Maybe give it a little shade for awhile. My inground plants are in heavy clay soil and they all do fine.
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I wish I knew how to provide more shade for it. What would I use to protect it from the sun? Do you have alot of your banana plants in containers?
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I have about fifty in containers , only because I don't have any more places to plant them.
A few stakes in the ground and a piece of cloth is all you need.
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Wow fifty containers!? Thats alot of plants, and maintenance lol. I didnt think of using a cloth thats a great idea. Is it too late to shade it now?
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I will not say the problem is not heat, but just a word of caution-overwatering symptoms are the same as the symptoms you get from lack of water because the ultimate result is the same--the plant is not getting the water it needs.

With clay soil, you are better off planting directly in the clay--without amendments --and many plants will do just fine. It is good to put mulch on top of the ground, but if you add it to the soil in the planting hole, it will allow the hole to trap a lot of water and can cause root rot.
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When I had it in its previous location that was when I added alot of cow manure and fertilizer, but the new location now alot of the amendments got left behind, but I still tried to get as much as I could. I have mulch on top of the plant but only a thin layer. Someone told me to add grass clippings, should I avoid using them? I dont have any containers or any other places to move it, it gets full sun so the water dries up better than the previous area. Should I add sand to make it drain better?
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I use grass clippings all the time --they are very good. Sand will not help--it will not be as bad as organic matter, but the shade suggestion is a good idea. There is a shade cloth material sold in garden centers.
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OK. So its alright to use grass clippings now? I need to try the shade idea, but I will have to use sheets because im low on cash right now lol. Thanks sbl
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Any update on this? Is the banana doing any better?
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Yes the Orinoco looks a lot better especially since its been cooler. Both of the new leaves opened up and I looked closer and saw 2 more leaves starting to sprout from those. I guess it needed a break from the heat and the sun lol. I trimmed off some of the dead parts, and I havent seen anymore parts getting sunburned. It looks happier and the temps will be in the 80s this whole week so I'm thankful for that, and I'm sure banana plant is thankful also. =) I will take pictures of it when it dries up more. Thanks Bryan
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Old 09-20-2009, 10:35 AM   #32 (permalink)
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This is the updated photos of the Orinoco. Its been cooler and wetter so the leaves are growing fast. The new leaves on it now only took 3 days to get to the point where they are now.



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Thanks for the update! They look a LOT better! Glad to see they perked up. I've gotta ask...why are they so close together?
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Thanks Bryan. The cool weather helped alot. When I bought it, I thought it was one whole plant. I didn't know anything about pups, and thats how it was when I bought it. I think its too late to separate it lol.
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Glad to see it is coming around--and you didn't have to pot it.
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Im so glad i didnt have to repot it lol. I have been adding some coffee grounds and grass clippings to the soil around it. Its been raining quite a bit around here and it hasnt had a chance to dry out, but I think it should be ok. Well hopefully it will continue to grow more and hopefully the root system will get stronger before winter.
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