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Old 07-14-2018, 05:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Help! Banana leaves are turning yellow (and growth is stunted)

Hey, I'm new to growing bananas. My dwarf Cavendish has recently stopped growing and the old leaves are turning yellow and then shrivelling up. I'm not sure if this is from over or underwatering.

The soil is a mixture of tropical soil, perlite, and a cactus mix. I live in Canada so the plant has always been kept indoors.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Update: Here are some pictures of the roots I removed. It looks like fungus to me but I'm not sure. Does anyone know?

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Old 07-14-2018, 08:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey, I'm new to growing bananas. My dwarf Cavendish has recently stopped growing and the old leaves are turning yellow and then shrivelling up. I'm not sure if this is from over or underwatering.

The soil is a mixture of tropical soil, perlite, and a cactus mix. I live in Canada so the plant has always been kept indoors.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Pictures would greatly help and you didn't describe the pot used.


My guess is the soil is too wet and soggy in the bottom of the pot. Start by repotting the plant in a mix with 50% perlite. Make sure the pot has drain holes and a saucer. Put something under the pot to keep the drain hole above any water in the saucer.


It's likely root rot has set in, the roots should be white. If not, trim the black roots off and clean the corm with bleach water to kill the rot. After repotting it will take a month or 2 before seeing any new. growth.
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Here are links to some pics


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get rid of the water dish under the pot.

that one of those cute self waterer's that they use for tomatoes and vegertables?


good looking plant by the way.
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GET rid of the Waterier! It's keeping the soil constantly wet and causing your problem. Put a raise under the pot to get the drain holes above the excess water in the saucer.


A bigger pot would help too. The soil can hold more water without being soggy.


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Thanks for the help everyone! I took your advice and also applied some fungicide.
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