Banana Lasiocarpa problem (pics)

theseventhlegendMay 3, 2007

My Banana Lasiocarpa's leaves are curling "under". I'm not sure why that is. Is it suppose to do this? It's in full sun and I water it fairly regularly. The leaves seem to be growing, are green, and are getting long but they're folding under. Not sure why. Anyone know why? Pics posted.

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mauryc(8b-9a Louisiana)

Looks like dry conditions to me. With that much sand in the soil water will drain off quickly.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2007 at 9:22AM
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shiollie(z5 MI)

Bananas do that when they get very hot, they will extend again in the evening when it cools down.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2007 at 12:23PM
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austinl(Little Rock, AR, 8a)

It looks too dry with hot conditions. Give them plenty of water. They are a beautiful banana. Mine are flowering.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2007 at 10:50PM
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theseventhlegend

Maybe I will dig around the banana and add mulch. I thought about transplanting the tree where it will get some more shade. Will it be ok where it's at with added mulch or should I transplant it? Thanks for all your suggestions!!!

    Bookmark   May 6, 2007 at 1:01PM
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austinl(Little Rock, AR, 8a)

It will probably be okay as long as you mulch it heavily and give it weekly waterings.

Here are pictures of mine. Every two days or so new petals open up.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2007 at 4:46PM
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theseventhlegend

Austin1 your Banana is awesome. How long has it been bloomed? Cause it hasn't been very warm for too long. Nor does your banana seem that big to of bloomed so early. I can't wait for mine to flower.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2007 at 8:54PM
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austinl(Little Rock, AR, 8a)

Thanks. I ordered it last year as a 5 gallon plant and grew it all last year. It started swelling in the late, late fall getting ready for a bloom. It started blooming a few months after putting it outside again in March. The height of the stem is about 3 feet. It's a beautiful banana even when it's not flowering.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2007 at 9:01AM
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austinl(Little Rock, AR, 8a)

For a great source of growing information about musella lasiocarpa, I created a page with detailed information: http://www.bananas.org/wiki/Musella_Lasiocarpa

Austin

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.bananas.org/wiki/Musella_Lasiocarpa

    Bookmark   May 7, 2007 at 1:00PM
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