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Old 04-27-2018, 03:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default New plant turning brown after transfer to pot.

I recently received a Musa Gran Nain and it looked fine. When I transferred I added a little bit of compost and then watered it. After a couple days it started looking really sad. It started turning brown from the outside in. Is there something I should fix or try? Or should I just give it time to look better?
I'm very new to growing and growing bananas.
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Old 04-27-2018, 04:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: New plant turning brown after transfer to pot.

Where are you located and what is the outside temperatures? Can't tell much without more pictures from the side showing the pot & complete plant. Likely it needs a little bit of shade while it gets over the transplant shock.
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Default Re: New plant turning brown after transfer to pot.

It looks too wet to me.
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Default Re: New plant turning brown after transfer to pot.

I live in central Mississippi, when I transferred it I would place it outside on the porch in shade. When it turns night I bring it in just in case it was to cold. It's been around 55F at night here. In the daytime it's been 70-77F.
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Default Re: New plant turning brown after transfer to pot.

I don't think 55 f is low enough to affect a regular non fussy cultivar like cavendish. Check the drain holes in that pot. Did you scratch around the roots when you repotted to get them growing outwards ?
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Default Re: New plant turning brown after transfer to pot.

My guess is salt somehow, but compost is not usually salty. It is hard to wet, maybe it is pulling water somehow. I get this effect in taro plants if I move them to bigger pots with a little too much fertilizer mixed in, even if dropped into water.
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I don't think 55 f is low enough to affect a regular non fussy cultivar like cavendish. Check the drain holes in that pot. Did you scratch around the roots when you repotted to get them growing outwards ?
another self watering pot?
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Default Re: New plant turning brown after transfer to pot.

The pot is good, and no I did not loosen up the roots. I think there might be to much compost maybe? Should I re do the potting and loosen up the root area with no compost?
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Default Re: New plant turning brown after transfer to pot.

stick your finger in the bottom of the pot to see how wet it is. mud dry or in between.
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What kind of compost was used, home-made or store bought? And, how long has the plant been in that pot since potting? ...

I suggest to repot to course sand and NO compost. I suspect the compost may be burning the roots. Anyway something is wrong with the soil.
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I have chickens so I use chicken manure compost. I moved it into a pot as soon as I got it. That's when it started turning color. I think I'm going to repot it tomorrow without compost. From what I just read chicken manure compost is pretty strong?
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That explains it! Fresh (straight) Chicken manure is very strong in nitrogen. While composted chicken litter is not. Do not use it in pots ... AT ALL!
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another self watering pot?
Most of my pots are self watering. I have not noticed any issues with it but I do not water from the bottom. The pots act as reservoirs for the plant to either reach with its roots or the heat in the summer to make it evaporate upward toward the soil.
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