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Old 04-16-2019, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Question Cracked p-stem.

Hey all, new grower from Northern Europe here!

Purchased my first dwarf Cavendish less than a week ago and its pushing nice thick cigar leaf already. However today i noticed that the lower part of p-stem has developed a crack. Is this something i should worry about or just a normal thing? Plant looks very healthy otherwise.



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Old 04-16-2019, 12:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Cracked p-stem.

you might want to watch it, could be a choke but I doubt it. looks like its growing fine.

might not be a dwarf cavendish. looks more like a sumatrana cross. [might be.] if you had a zebrina rojo you would know it, way more copper color absolutely a beautiful plant. sumatrana x is a beautiful plant but side by side with a zebrina it pales in comparison.
your plant is wonderful looking, copper under the leaves and copper on the p-stem. don't give it full sun, plenty of shade, mine have not done well unless I put them under 50% shade cloth.
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you might want to watch it, could be a choke but I doubt it. looks like its growing fine.

might not be a dwarf cavendish. looks more like a sumatrana cross. [might be.] if you had a zebrina rojo you would know it, way more copper color absolutely a beautiful plant. sumatrana x is a beautiful plant but side by side with a zebrina it pales in comparison.
your plant is wonderful looking, copper under the leaves and copper on the p-stem. don't give it full sun, plenty of shade, mine have not done well unless I put them under 50% shade cloth.
Thanks for answer beam!

No full sun? Ouch, i have been giving it full sun + supplementing with 250w led grow light overnight.

Could this crack actually be caused by rapid growth? I gave it some kelp extract with molasses fertilizer during repotting, after which it drank around 2 liters (0.53 gallons) of water in 5 days and pushed that cigar leaf.

However i will limit the lights from now on. Btw is it the light or heat which causes issues? I actually measured the leaf surface temperature with infrared thermometer today when it was under full sun and temperatures were hovering around 30c (86f)
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lights are probably ok. don't know. full HOT SUN seems to get them.

don't think I would worry about the crack right now. just keep an eye on it. nothing you can do about it anyway that I know of. if it keeps growing your probably all right.
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It is normal growth for Musa. As the pstem gets larger it “outgrows” its outer leaves/layers. So they split in the middle like this.

It looks fairly good for an inside plant! Good job!
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Thanks for answer beam!

No full sun? Ouch, i have been giving it full sun + supplementing with 250w led grow light overnight.

Could this crack actually be caused by rapid growth? I gave it some kelp extract with molasses fertilizer during repotting, after which it drank around 2 liters (0.53 gallons) of water in 5 days and pushed that cigar leaf.

However i will limit the lights from now on. Btw is it the light or heat which causes issues? I actually measured the leaf surface temperature with infrared thermometer today when it was under full sun and temperatures were hovering around 30c (86f)
I wouldn't run the light over night. Your plant needs darkness. If anything, use the light for daytime warmth and supplementary light if needed.
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It is normal growth for Musa. As the pstem gets larger it “outgrows” its outer leaves/layers. So they split in the middle like this.

It looks fairly good for an inside plant! Good job!
Bought the plant week ago so i can't take credits yet, but thank you!

The split has evolved quite a bit, but it seems to be only 1 layer deep and the plant seems very happy otherwise. It has pushed 1 beefy leaf already and the second one is on its way. A little pup also emerged from soil today!




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I wouldn't run the light over night. Your plant needs darkness. If anything, use the light for daytime warmth and supplementary light if needed.
Really? I was in impression that there is no "need" for dark period unless you want to initiate flowering, but maybe i'm wrong.
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I believe that darkness is required for most plants to grow properly. https://sciencing.com/darkness-affec...h-4567350.html
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