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Old 11-22-2010, 09:35 AM   #21 (permalink)
 
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Wow Tbaleno, that is one cute little healthy plant you've got there! Thanks for sharing. How old is your plant now?


Are you trying to get it to flower?


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Beautiful, sunny day in Dallas! A perfect banana-growing 79 degrees and breezy. Window's open, a good day for my little baby plant!

The newest leaf is almost out, looking healthy!!! This is so exciting!!!!!! It's cool you can see the little vine thingy coming through the center to form a new leaf!!! I am so easily excitable... Just wait until I get the bananas!!!!!!!!!



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Nice plant, Kevin! Hope you get some fruit on that thing in record time.


Hope too that it grows nicely for you over winter...


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My plant is about 9+ months. I got as a pup in march. I would like it to fruit. Don't know if I'll ever get it to though.
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I was told it could take 2-3 years so don't lose hope yet, Tbaleno.


Just keep encouraging it with lots of sunshine & blooming fertilizer!


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Went to Lowe's today because I had some money burning a hole in my pocket (Bad idea btw).

Hooked up my banana plant, who is now named George, with a new, spiffy 15W fluorescent grow light for $15.
It saddened me on the cloudy days like today that my plant is not getting lots of energy. I also want to grow more stuff near my window here.

George is loving life, this is his perspective below. New leaf is coming in nicely.

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Very cool Kevin, that you're keeping your plant so happy...and congrats on your new light!


Now your plant is going to grow like crazy!


I can see why you're so excited and I know all about having money burning a hole in my pocket and landing in a nursery or greenhouse!


I'm hoping that my plant will send up more pups soon...


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A little tip for you Kevin and Sherry, keep a spray bottle of copper fungicide on hand and systemic pest control. I have had problems with my SDC's with white flies and spider mites. Also, I lost my first SDC to white mold last fall when I brought it into the house for the cold weather. The mold showed up as white patches between loose petioles and the main p-stem, so careful on the watering and give it a good visual check every week or so.
Your guys' (and gal ;oD ) plants look very good! Hope they do well for you! I have had mine for going on 3 years now and just absolutely love them. Since I purchased my first one, I have had numerous pups, and the 8 or so plants I have now are all from that very first one. I have also given away 4 or 5 and lost a few to "experimentation". It is not uncommon for me to cut 2 or 3 pups off in the early spring just to have another 3 show up by august. These are prolific little buggers but fun to have.
I also noticed that they seem pretty happy in the pots I use, not sure of the gallonage (literage if you're canadian, eh! -- yes I'm poking you Sherry) but the pots are 18" across the top and 20" tall, and I try to not have more than 2 pups at a time in each pot and remove the pups each spring.
Congrats on the new found desires and Good Luck! Can't wait to see them grow!
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Hi Sherry, thanks for your support, it is very valuable to me!

Also thanks to alpha for coming by to offer your wisdom!

Guys, I have a problem with my newest leaf! A weird dark brown spot has developed. I felt it and it feels dead. I have no idea what I've done wrong. The only thing I can think of is over-watering. Any suggestions?

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Jeffrey has the right idea, I get stuff like this frequently.......also, check the tips of other leaves to see if there is some really light webbing and look on the undersides of leaves for little white-ish/reddish/brownish moving particles and let us know what you find! Don't worry too much about the spot on the leaf, things like that will happen more often than you like. This time of year though, try to only water the little guys no more than once a week or when the soil is dry almost 2 inches deep. Bananas are succeptible to hidden rot (at least in a few of my experiences) and can turn bad quickly.
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:04 PM   #32 (permalink)
 
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Hey guys,

Wanted to thank you for your inputs! I do not believe that these spots are parasite-based, as I have checked the plant very thoroughly. I believe strongly that these spots are a case of me over-watering, because shortly after watered it, the plant's growth seemed stunted, and the spot appeared.

Also, I mention spotS above. Yeah, a really big spot is damaged on the new leaf as well.... We'll see what happens, but all in all I think my plant will be fine. It seems healthy otherwise.

Interesting how each leaf gets bigger! This leaf is 1.5 inches longer than the last one!



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Did those spots start after you got your new light?


Is it possible the light was too close to the leaves, because those look similar to burn marks to me. Did you wet the leaves and then put the plant right back under the bright bulb? This could cause burn marks like that and I've experienced it myself in the past.


Just a thought and something to consider...


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Hi Sherry,

Thanks for offering up your opinion! I had considered it could be the light, but it seemed strange to me that only one leaf would suffer? Perhaps new leaves are more sensitive to light? Also, since it is only on the new leaf, it could be the watering. I am up in the air.

EDIT: Also, after I watered the plant and the spot appeared, the leaves felt a little softer, almost soggier. The spot especially had a weak and moist(ish) consistency.

What I'm going to do is leave the light as it is and NOT over-water it. If the new leaf turns out fine, we have our answer.

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Did those spots start after you got your new light?


Is it possible the light was too close to the leaves, because those look similar to burn marks to me. Did you wet the leaves and then put the plant right back under the bright bulb? This could cause burn marks like that and I've experienced it myself in the past.


Just a thought and something to consider...


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The leaf that had the mark on it...was this the leaf closest to the bulb?


I'm not saying this is the reason for certain yet though...that's what I'm trying to figure out.


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A good tip when you have a plant light...


If you shower or wet your plants, be sure to wait for the leaves to dry completely before placing the plant back under the bulb...to avoid burning the leaves.


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Yes, that's another good thought, but the new leaf was coiled still in the dead center of the plant when the spot developed. There were other leaves closer. One has extremely minuscule spotting similar to my new leaf, but I would barely count it. All the other leaves are just like when I initially got them.
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I noticed there's a new leaf coming on your plant, so let's see how it turns out when it unfurls...


Not sure what's going on with your little banana plant but the only other thing I can think of is too much or too little water....and over-fertilization.


Doesn't sound like any of those are the case either though so hopefully some other members will give their opinion too...


Good luck solving your problem.


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By the way...


Here are my two pups today...





Getting lots bigger now.


Hoping for a few more shortly. The plant is due for a watering and fertilizing tomorrow morning...


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Awwww Sherry, what cute little pups you have! How exciting! I can't wait to get some pups myself!

BTW, Sherry, I don't want to speak to soon yet, but I think you may end up with the prize because the leaf that was closest to my fluorescent light started to develop its spots further, making me believe it was light related after all. Also, thanks for the tip on spraying the plant and NOT leaving it under the light, because I was doing that....

Long story short, plant has been moved from RIGHT next to the light and I am optimistic
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