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Old 06-03-2014, 01:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Very Poorly Ensete Ventricosum Maurelii


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I bought this banana plant the early part of this year from a specialist garden center - obviously it was a healthy specimen at that point.
Until now i've kept him in a garden shed and over the last month i've tried to harden him off. Initially i bought him inside the house by a set of patio doors which captured the sun - popping him outside on the nicer days. He didnt seem to develop so i popped him in the greenhouse for about 2 nights and the picture shows the result.
His stem has started to go quite soft and looks 'bruised' and any leaves that were developing have browned off. Im quite worried if i leave him he may die off completely. Can anyone suggest what is wrong and a remedy to solve this? I was wondering if to cut the top 'bruised' stem off in the hope for some re-growth.

I live in the UK - and this is the first banana tree I've owned - so a novice. Please help.

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Old 06-04-2014, 02:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Very Poorly Ensete Ventricosum Maurelii

Hmmm, my Maurellii experienced its first day in the 90's F yesterday in the full sun, and its leaves burned, maybe put it in some light shade?

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Default Re: Very Poorly Ensete Ventricosum Maurelii

I myself would cut it about a foot from the top and wait for a new leaf to come out. Things should be fine after that, then gradually return it outside to the sun. Looks like rot got to it, but should be fine.
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Default Re: Very Poorly Ensete Ventricosum Maurelii

if it's warm outside at night (not freezing or snowing) leave him outside, moving plants indoors to out and vice versa can be more harmful than good. My experience is that red abyssinian banana is a tough plant!
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