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Old 03-25-2018, 05:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I noticed it yesterday on the manzano pup
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Old 03-25-2018, 07:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: What has caused this?

Noticed what??? ... Looks great to me. Try to increase the sun light to the plants.

Were you hit by the blizzards? How much snow is on the ground? You might need to draw the shades so the Nanas wont see it! The snow tend to scare the hell out of them.
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Thanks but you see the edge of the newest leaf on the left. It's starting to go yellow/brown. Thankfully we haven't had snow here since mid Feb.
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Default Re: What has caused this?

Looks like possible slight potassium deficiency.

What is your potting soil?

How long has it been in the pot?
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Default Re: What has caused this?

Likely a little over watering. Check the soil moisture with a meter and make sure water IS NOT collecting in the bottom of the pot. ... As long as the soil does not go dry (leaves droop) wait until another new leaf shows to see if this is a problem.
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Default Re: What has caused this?

Thanks for the quick replies. It's miracle grow potting soil and added cow manure over the last year. 2 years this summer it's been in this container. I will try to re pot it this summer. It does have drainage holes at the bottom and when I water I watch it flow out. No growth from that pup in days I was getting worried.. I'll let the container dry out a bit.
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Thanks for the quick replies. It's miracle grow potting soil and added cow manure over the last year. 2 years this summer it's been in this container. I will try to re pot it this summer. It does have drainage holes at the bottom and when I water I watch it flow out. No growth from that pup in days I was getting worried.. I'll let the container dry out a bit.
I've had really really bad luck with the Miracle Grow yellow bag potting soil....I hate it due to the wetting agent they use. The wetting agent is really bad for corms and slow root growth in my experience. Different regions of the country have different ingredients based on what is available, but they all use the wetting agent. Some people add a lot of perlite to that potting soil but it takes away from the nutrition if you expect to keep it in the pot long term.

Before you water, check the dryness of the soil around the drainage holes of the pot. If its not dry-dry after about a week, you may be in trouble with the potting mix or too much water...I'd say the mix (colder temps take longer to dry). I've never been able to water too much in a fast draining potting soil and I've watered potted bananas after WAY too many beers . When I say water too much, I mean at one time. only water again in a pot if the soil by the drainage holes are dry-dry - usually takes a week for me.

Did you add un-composted or composted cow manure as top dressing?
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It was added with some composted manure. I have tried to play it safe. Checking the sides all the way down with a wooden meter stick. It was to the point of not growing for over a month because I let it get too dry at the bottom..not watering so it runs out the bottom. I try to go one week-week and a half depending on the weather. It's been very sunny this past week+.
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Just check the top layer and soil around drainage holes with your finger. The meter stick going ll the way down the potting soil may disturb the roots too much. Just my opinion.
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Hi Matt

To me it looks like you had the potting mix wet, longer than required. I am not sure if you have a heat mat, but they are invaluable to me, as i dont have to worry if the soil stays too wet and cool.

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HI mushtaq86, good to see you around. Heat mats are nice I used to use them on small plants.

Yes it was too wet I will cut back on the water. Say I give it 5 gallons instead of 7. I noticed a new leaf starting to push up on the mother plant. starting to watch for a leaf size decrease.
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