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Old 02-02-2020, 04:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My Musa basjoo keeps making damaged leaves. Any ideas why? Am I overwatering? Underwatering? Not enough light? Pot too small? They normally get a fair amount of light considering it's winter, and are indoors so it's 16-18℃ in here.

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Default Re: Musa basjoo not well - any ideas why?

Sounds like too much water, they slow down this time of year and use less water. Make sure the pot drains well and let it dry out between watering.
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why would over watering damage leaves? Damage roots yes, but leaves? A picture wojuld be great. We have had damaged leaves as well which for some reason to not come out nice and beautiful. SOunds almost like something similar to choking.
BTW, our bananas have taken off growing February!! Virginia 6b! They have been sitting inside since late September and just sat looking a bit peaked, but they are all going gangbusters now - they must be anticipating spring. These are the ones wew have kept watered. The dug ones in root cellar and those in dry pots are still just sitting, and the one tiny bunch seems like it is ready to turn yellow - nice and fat fingers . This plant has been abandoned for some years and we decided to give it a chance to grow, so am happy to get anything off of it..
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Can you not see the photo I posted in my OP?
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[quote=pjkfarm;328960]why would over watering damage leaves? Damage roots yes, but leaves? A picture wojuld be great. We have had damaged leaves as well which for some reason to not come out nice and beautiful. SOunds almost like something similar to choking.

It will damage the leaves first, if not corrected it will rot the roots.
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Sorry, I'm still new to this forum and forget it's the one where I have to upload to a gallery instead of just posting a bbcode link to where I host it.

It's had some wonky leaves ever since I had it as a 6" stick.

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looks great for indoors. the cigar leaf shows some stress tho.
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Default Re: Musa basjoo not well - any ideas why?

It looks like it may be more than one problem.



1) Tell us how often the plant is watered & fertilized and what type (NPK) fertilizer is being used.


2) Is that water in the saucer of the center plant in the window? The pot should never stand in the excess water.
3) The plant in question (foreground pic) appears to have been recently re-potted, is that correct? The potting soil looks different than pots in the rear.
4) What is the spoil PH?





My thoughts from what I see:

1) The brown chlorosis appears to be from over watering.
2) The slight rippling of the leaf edges may be from too much fertilizer or possibly a mineral deficiency.
3) The limp sagging leaves may be from transplant shock(re-potting); high radiant heat though the window; root damage from too much water; fertilizer; or incorrect soil PH.


We need the above info from you to narrow this down.


BTW your BB code (img) for posting picture hosted else where should work OK on this forum. The hosting server was extremely slow to feed the image. None of my photos are loaded to this forums gallery. They are hosted on my private server.
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My Musa basjoo keeps making damaged leaves. Any ideas why? Am I overwatering? Underwatering? Not enough light? Pot too small? They normally get a fair amount of light considering it's winter, and are indoors so it's 16-18℃ in here.

I have a few that look like that also.

Many times when a plant is indoors even by a cool frosted window is still not enough to make the plant thrive.
A banana plant will start to decline after 30 days or so indoors and will perk back up once it is moved outdoors.


Like the previous posts state you would cut back on water and fertilizer and give the plant more light.
Let the soil dry out a bit between waterings.

The soilless mix might be too heavy for those plants and hold too much water.

There are youtube videos which can help with the consistency of the soilless mix if you want to try something different next go round.
There is a forum member northwest of you in a town by North sea that has a decent planting of basjoos, maybe they will chime in on what products work well for you plants

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Default Re: Musa basjoo not well - any ideas why?

The soil is just potting compost with a layer of gravel at the bottom for drainage (same goes for the small pots). The grey appearance of the soil is because I've had to use diatomaceous powder to try to stop an infestation of fungus flies that came along with the basjoo :-/.

Thanks for the advice folks, I'll let them all dry out more. They're in a centrally heated room, but they'll definitely appreciate being out on the balcony once the weather warms up again. I'll need to repot the Abyssinian soon, damn they grow fast!
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