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Old 08-30-2009, 07:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Dwarf Cavendish trouble *pics*

I Purchased a dwarf cavendish from a local nursery and had it planted in my yard for maybe a week before i realized the location wasn't ideal as it was getting full sun all day long, so i moved it because the PHX sun can get a bit nasty. Ever since then it started to decline. The leaves would only come out half way then the tips would start to turn brittle and dry up, then the other night i checked it and the layers around the stalk were black and mushy, so i peeled them all and cut them at the base as you can see, to try and remove as much of the mushyness as I could.

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<P>The banana to it's right I purchased at Lowes and planted a couple weeks after I moved the one on the left, and it has been thriving and growing like crazy!

I used Kelloggs soil n'riching compost / mulch as the growing medium on both plants, so I dont think that could be the reason for it's decline.

I also planted both with mychorrizal fungi, so im not sure if that could be it? again both were planted with it and only one is declining.

I did add a bit of superthrive to the one on the left when it first started to decline, so maybe that did it?

Any ideas? Should I cut the mother plant on the left down as far as I can and let it's single pup take over? Seems to me like thats my only option since i peeled the sides of the mother when or if it grows it might not be able to support itself now.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 08-31-2009, 02:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Be patient its mostly in shock from being moved.
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Old 08-31-2009, 02:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Dwarf Cavendish trouble *pics*

Read the instruction on using superthrive. You only add only so few drops per gallon of water.
A lot of people does not believe on the ad or potency of ST. I am one of them.
To me it is a waste of a lot of money. But if you are a believer then go for it.
Could it be that you put more than the recommended amount?
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Old 08-31-2009, 12:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Dwarf Cavendish trouble *pics*

It looks like it's adjusting to lower humidity possibly> when our humidity gets low the edges of the leaves look crispy like that. Did the place you purchased it from have mist on it before you took it home? The good news is that the new leaves on both mom and pup look fine, so I'd think your canopy is working out for them. Be a little patient. Superthrive won't burn plants as far as I know.
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Old 08-31-2009, 05:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: Dwarf Cavendish trouble *pics*

On the superthrive, I only used half a cap full to one gallon of water, and split that up between one of my shrubs and the cavendish on the left.

It very well could be the lower humidity, since the nursery had their bananas in a tent and I believe there was a mister system set up.

Plus since I've never moved the cavendish on the right and it looks perfect it's probably a combination of the 2.

Have any of you used mychorizzal fungus before?
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:47 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: Dwarf Cavendish trouble *pics*

I have used mycorrhizal fungi when transplanting, especially on my palms. I don't think it hurts them or bananas by any means when using it to transplant. I also use superthrive on my bananas and palms, seems to be great stuff, I'm a believer! I believe it is just a combo of the humidity issue and transplant shock. Give it a while and it will probably come back around, if not you have a beautiful pup that will probably outgrow the other. Good luck


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On the superthrive, I only used half a cap full to one gallon of water, and split that up between one of my shrubs and the cavendish on the left.

It very well could be the lower humidity, since the nursery had their bananas in a tent and I believe there was a mister system set up.

Plus since I've never moved the cavendish on the right and it looks perfect it's probably a combination of the 2.

Have any of you used mychorizzal fungus before?
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I've used mychorizzal fungai on evergreens and some native orchids(back when I did such things) with great success. I am wondering if it might offset some of the effects of transplant shock on bananas as well. I'd be very interested to hear about it if you try.
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:00 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Default Re: Dwarf Cavendish trouble *pics*

I live in Tucson and have several dwarf cavendish. I have my plants in containers. I have several out in the direct sun and they seem to be doing ok. I whave a few in the shade and they seem to do better. I water them everyday. Every time I water I spray the plant. Wind seems to be my biggest problem. Tears up the leaves.
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Read the direction on using superhive.
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