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Old 08-11-2009, 04:55 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Yeah, I've definitely noticed the effect of sunlight in bringing out the color in my SR. It was purchased from a greenhouse that had it in a dark building and was very pale initially:

Notice the green pseudostem and pale leaves with slight reddish wash

Now the same plant a month later after being moved outside:

Pseudostem is now bright red and the leaves are a dark red/burgundy. Ignore the brown dead leaf thing on the stem...shoulda cut that off before taking the picture to really show off the p-stem.
I had it inside last week cause I was away in Iowa and didn't want it to dry out. The leaf it put out while I was gone was almost entirely green....but I moved it outside again today and that leaf is already a LOT redder after being in direct sun today!!

And yeah...if anyone knows a trick to get E. Maurelii's to regain their color, please let me know...mine is not nearly as nicely colored as when I first got it
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I don't know about banana plants, but in aquatic plants Iron is used for red plants.
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I have Siam Ruby that I didnt belive that it will make it. Some time in early Autum last year it just stopped and felt in dormacy earlyer than any other plant. So I took it inside and keeped away from light the whole winter. Leaves become soft and the whole plant did get a kind of droopy look. Even had to tie it up to stand upright
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You can see a litlle black dot which stands for 24h growth and I have drawn the new one for 48h mark.
You can see that its completly green now.
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This is my siam ruby when I first took it in the house.



This is how it looked after a month

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March 26:

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I still have to keep it away from direct sun.
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May 1.:

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I just moved my SR out today for the first time this spring. it looks very similar to the pictures being posted in this thread...kinda lanky with narrow leaves and not very much red left. I'm sure it'll perk up once it gets some good sun/heat, though!
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I just moved my SR out today for the first time this spring. it looks very similar to the pictures being posted in this thread...kinda lanky with narrow leaves and not very much red left. I'm sure it'll perk up once it gets some good sun/heat, though!

Limit how much sun you give it at first. I fried mine the first time it went out...It still kinda looks like **** but the new leaves coming out are already used to the sun so im gonna chop the old sun burnt leaves off as soon as i get a few more leaves.
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If you are willing to bring it in and out-side every day, to give it additional artificial light, it will get really red fast! About 16hrs. a day total.
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May 7:
new leaf emerging, still not much red pigmentation but it can stand few hours of sun now

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Limit how much sun you give it at first. I fried mine the first time it went out...It still kinda looks like **** but the new leaves coming out are already used to the sun so im gonna chop the old sun burnt leaves off as soon as i get a few more leaves.
LOL...a little too late for that. It's already pretty crispifried. I knew it was going to happen, but I go by the 'tough-love' campaign...don't waste too much time/effort babying it (cause it will likely fry quite a bit anyway)....just let it get baked and when it comes back, it'll be ready to handle much more. I can tolerate it looking crappy for a while.
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I've got some in 3 places, all getting different amounts of sunlight. They all look the same. A relatively dense clump is below some large dwarf cavs and some tall ori's in a pecan stump so they're shaded for the entire day, maybe just a little bit of direct sun for a minute or two during the day when it sneaks through the other plants but basically entirely shaded. They are dark red but quite small (way smaller then when I got 'em last year).

I have one that gets about 6 hours of sun and another one that gets maybe a little less, somewhat filtered in the middle of the day. They all look the same and are all the same height, about maybe 2 feet, a little bit higher. They froze back this past winter a bit and have just been incredibly slow in growing.

I nuke 'em with Miracle Gro every 2 or 3 weeks plus gave 'em some 19-5-9 or something like that along with 13-13-13 at one point. Nothing seems to make a difference. They are, however, alive.
dont tell anyone you left yours in the ground like me..they will think you are crazy.. seriously i didnt even bother to research what people were saying about cold hardiness before i even tried it. i just covered it and it pulled thru.. even with snow.. the main stem did not make it but its pupping like crazy. im sure it got really cold on the gulf coast last winter as well..
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LOL...a little too late for that. It's already pretty crispifried. I knew it was going to happen, but I go by the 'tough-love' campaign...don't waste too much time/effort babying it (cause it will likely fry quite a bit anyway)....just let it get baked and when it comes back, it'll be ready to handle much more. I can tolerate it looking crappy for a while.
Mine was doing good and starting to look good enough to chop off the old sunburnt leaves off then it dipped down to 38*F the other night out of nowhere and i got cold damage to all the good looking new red leaves. It will be ok but it sucks cuz it was finally starting to look good again.
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dont tell anyone you left yours in the ground like me..they will think you are crazy.. seriously i didnt even bother to research what people were saying about cold hardiness before i even tried it. i just covered it and it pulled thru.. even with snow.. the main stem did not make it but its pupping like crazy. im sure it got really cold on the gulf coast last winter as well..
wow you left it out in the snow ? And now pups are coming up ? Good deal ! I wounder how mine would do here in zone 9 ? Maybe I will try it this winter.
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