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Old 12-05-2010, 06:11 PM   #41 (permalink)
 
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Hiya Re: Growing a Super Dwarf Cavendish Indoors

It's ok Kevin, because when I first got my light systems I learned the hard way too about having plant leaves too close to the bulb.


When you wait for leaves to dry off thoroughly before placing plants back under the light system, this helps too. Just a few tips that you weren't aware of, so no big deal.


Sometimes too, plants that have come from a low-light atmosphere, or that have experienced a lot of dark days, will need to be weaned onto the stronger light gradually over time, and not just all at once. This could be another reason for your plant's spots.


Just move the plant a bit further away from the bulb and gradually move it closer to the bulb every 2-3 days. It sounds like you've already done this.


Guess you'll know soon what the problem and what the solution is, by the way the plant responds...


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Hey guys,

I know it's been a while. My phone was dead, and I couldn't take any pictures. Guess what! I have another problem! LOL. This thread should be called SDC Troubleshooting.

So I have these numerous flies flying around my banana tree (picture below). I assume they are eating something, I am just hoping it's not my banana tree. Should I be worrying?



The latest leaf looks really nice save for one minor brown spot that hasn't become dead yet, which surprises me. All in all, the plant seems fine, just looks a little charlie brown-esque with the light damage.


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I get those, I think they are called soil gnats. They haven't done much harm to anything growing in the soil, I think they feed on the organic matter in the soil and not anything growing.

Hope this helps.
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Garden Article: All About Fungus Gnats
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I second Tony........Fungus Gnats. Grab some stick cards or nematodes.
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Hiya Re: Growing a Super Dwarf Cavendish Indoors

Yup, fungus gnats!


They screw with roots too and eat them, so despite what people will tell you, they do interfere with healthy growth and can kill seedlings off easily as well.


Sorry to hear you're having such a tough time with your plant, Kevin! A mist bottle filled with dishsoapy water makes a great spray to kill gnats, and if you water it into the soil, it'll kill the ones hiding beneath, yet not harm your plant.

Then you can sprinkle some cinnamon (a natural anti-fungus remedy) on top of the soil, to deter them further. If you stay on top of the problem and keep coming at them and not allowing the adults to lay more eggs, you will soon be rid of them for good.

Another thing you can do, along with the other stuff I mentioned, is leave a bowl or cup of water near the plant that's infested with the gnats...in the morning you'll see that many of them have drowned in the water.


I noticed yesterday, that my SDC is sending up a 3rd pup!!!


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Thank you guys so much for your help in all my many issues! You are on the money (as usual), they are fungus gnats. I ordered some yellow fly stakes, and have captured 40 flies, poor little devils Also, have tried cinnamon and will now try soapy water. There are still a couple of flies lingering around, I can't really see them all the time, but I think they're definitely still there.

They took my basil seedlings! Oh well, I'm over it. Congratulations on your new pup Sherry! I'm amazed, this latest one happened so soon! Picture Picture!!!!
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Sherry has some mystical connection with plants. Her plants always do very well. I wish I was half as good a gardener as her.
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Wow Tom, that's really nice of you to say that!


I think I just put a lot of time and effort into my plants and it's like anything...what you put in, you get out!


Very kind of you to compliment me though, so thank you.



Ok, here's a night time shot of the two existing pups you guys have already seen. Look how much bigger they are now...





and here's the new 3rd pup that only sprouted up a few days ago. It's a very tiny sprout but you can still see it...





At this rate, I should have a 4th pup before long!


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I need more pups from mine. I only have one left. It had a total of 3 I think. I killed two of them when trying to transplant them.
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I just keep hitting mine with tons of blooming fertilizer, week after week, and it seems to be responding well.


Bob thinks I'll have 4 more pops by Spring!


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What a great thread. How are the banana plants doing now? Any new pics to show?
I am on day 2 on my SDC plants and am learning a lot from you guys.

Hope you can show me an update.

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