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Old 11-26-2012, 11:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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My bananas are 2 yrs old. They have been indoors full time. Never had any problems until this fall when leaves started to turn brown. Now growth has really slowed down , but with limited daylight I would expect that. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I haven't fertilized since spring and I water only when first inch of soil is dry. I have pics on my gallery.

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Old 11-26-2012, 11:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't see no pic's in your gallery.. :^)
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You can't post images to the Internet directly from your hard drive like that. You should try an image hosting site such as Photobucket or Imgur if the gallery isn't working for you.
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have you done anything differently? changed your watering schedule or not increased it since the plants got larger? are they sitting close to a heat source where they might be drying out more than in the summer? did you look for spider mites on the bottom sides of the leaves? have they been or do they need repotting?it might not hurt to give them some very dilute fertilizer if all of the above have been checked. really that should have been done in the summer when they should have been growing more with more light, but better late than never if they are still growing.
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have you done anything differently? changed your watering schedule or not increased it since the plants got larger? are they sitting close to a heat source where they might be drying out more than in the summer? did you look for spider mites on the bottom sides of the leaves? have they been or do they need repotting?it might not hurt to give them some very dilute fertilizer if all of the above have been checked. really that should have been done in the summer when they should have been growing more with more light, but better late than never if they are still growing.
Thanks for the response. I think I might try fertilizer.
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the way the bottom leaves are drooping and bending kind of indicates that it has been too dry at least a few times. That doesn't even mean necessarily right now, as it could have happened at some time in the past. Did the leaves just start folding down? they usually drop leaves like that in response to water stress, less leaves=less water needed. also you can take scissors and trim the brown areas off the other leaves that are damaged and that will make your plant look better and it won't hurt it.
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the way the bottom leaves are drooping and bending kind of indicates that it has been too dry at least a few times. That doesn't even mean necessarily right now, as it could have happened at some time in the past. Did the leaves just start folding down? they usually drop leaves like that in response to water stress, less leaves=less water needed. also you can take scissors and trim the brown areas off the other leaves that are damaged and that will make your plant look better and it won't hurt it.
The leaves did fold down in a couple days, but that was about two months ago. The leaves started turning brown prior to that. Last year this time of year they stopped growing for a couple months because we only get a few hours of day light.Im hopeing i can get it figured out soon because idont think they'll last a couple months or until the sun returns. I also tried cutting a few leaves off but it started pouring out water so i got concerned and quit.
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I Treat My Sick Plants With Super Thrive, That Stuff Is Amazing !.

Dont know if that will help in your case.
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I can second the super thrive for sick plants. Lots of vitamins and growth factors.
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How long has that pineapple been growing?
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I would inspect the root ball before adding anything.
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How long has that pineapple been growing?
The pineapple is going to be 3 years old this spring. If it dosent flower soon I'm going to force it.

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I would inspect the root ball before adding anything.
What should I be looking for on the root ball.
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What should I be looking for on the root ball.
You should look for any obvious problems.

You probably repotted that plant in the past and remember what it looked like.
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The pineapple is going to be 3 years old this spring. If it dosent flower soon I'm going to force it.
Nice. I got one right there with yours. I may force it at the end of June early July just so I can have it fruiting during the summer months when it's actively growing a lot
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