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Old 08-03-2022, 10:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I planted three banana trees in my yard a few months ago. One is doing great. It has lots of great big leaves and towers over me. The other two have been disappointing. They both follow the same pattern:

1. Start as a pup, grow vigorously
2. Grow to about 1.5-2' tall
3. Leaves fold at midrib (like they do when it's very hot)
4. Leaves yellow and bend at midrib
5. Growth stops completely

Zone: 9b
Species: Dwarf Cavendish
Fert: 0.5lb 10-10-10 once a month
Water: ~2 gallons a day. Our soil is very sandy and it has been unusually dry this year.
Sun: The healthy palm gets full sun half of the day. The other two are in full sun all day.

I thought maybe they were getting too much sun, but people online say bananas love sun. Perhaps they are getting too hot?

Should I just give up on trying to grow banana trees in full Florida summer sun?

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These pictures were taken this morning. Temp was about 80F, Humidity ~75%. Normally if the leaves fold, it is in the afternoon when the heat and sun are very oppressive, not in the morning.
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Old 08-03-2022, 12:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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howdy neighbor.

yes, they are too small for so much sun.

50% shade cloth will help the immensely. or you can use a white bed sheet, like this.

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I have some that were stunted by the full sun, one is a manzano that just won't get bigger! I moved it to east side of the house. See how it does, once they get a bigger corm the sun doesn't seem to bother the growth too much. I like to water from overhead during the hottest part of the day if rain isn't coming.
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What I don't understand is the pups don't seem to be affected by the sun/heat. It's only when the plants get older they die.
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