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Old 11-19-2012, 07:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Can I save this sucker?

I cut a water sucker out from my banana plant because I was afraid the mother was dying from overwatering (rotting). The sucker was a foot tall and had about 6 good roots on it. I planted it in a pot with a mixture of half potting soil and half sand. I watered it and waited. Well it started rotting a few days later. I took it out and washed it. I let it dry for about 3 days, but then all the roots dried up and I had to cut them off. The leaves are still green and I am wondering if this poor guy can still be salvaged. If yes, how?
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Can I save this sucker?

ad some perlite to your mix & light, heat and patience you should be good. :^)
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: Can I save this sucker?

Like Abnshrek says, it can definitely be salvaged if you keep the root zone warm -- 70+ F -- and on the dry side until you see growth of new roots.
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Default Re: Can I save this sucker?

should be enough corm left to grow a new one..slow and steady..i did have only a golf ball size one about 2 years ago..was the size of a soft ball ..after cutting off all bad parts i still go it to go...fingers crossed...nice and warm is the key
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I'll get some perlite. In the meantime should I cut off the soft parts and place the corm end in a bit of waterlike suggested in the thread by LilRaverBoi?
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I'll get some perlite. In the meantime should I cut off the soft parts and place the corm end in a bit of waterlike suggested in the thread by LilRaverBoi?
Cut off anything that is rotted, i.e., brown and soft. After that, for insurance, you could wipe down the cleaned up corm with hydrogen peroxide or soak it in a 10% bleach solution for a few minutes to kill any fungi on the surface. Then let it dry out completely. At that point, you can plant it in a really coarse, well draining potting mix, or even straight perlite. Moisten the mix a little, but most importantly, keep it warm. Don't let it get wet, just a bit moist, until you see new root growth. If you don't keep it warm, it won't survive, most likely.
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Default Re: Can I save this sucker?

Clean off all the dead leaves, scrape away all the rotting root material with a sharp knife, wash with fungicide and then put a liberal amount of rooting powder over the base. Plant in a 50% perlite/50% compost, water very slightly, cover with a plastic bag and keep warm, about 70 degrees F. Eventually new leaf will appear...just be patient and new roots will take over...about three months in my experience.

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