Help w/ Banana 'Ice Cream' in container
I know some of you grow not just Banana plants in TN, but specifically the variety commonly called "Ice Cream" - so I hope some of you can help.
A friend ordered a starter plant for me and while the company opted to ship to her CC address in Idaho (she recently relocated to the TN Valley) instead of my address like she requested, and a family member in Idaho had to then ship it to her and then she got it to me - it actually looked like it would be okay. I potted it up in an appropriate mix, sparingly watered it, and put it up where it would get fluorescent lighting and bottom heat while indoors. Then the obvious waiting period began for the first leaf to show itself.
No leaf development so far (source's documentation says in x-# of days a new large leaf should shoot up), but I felt the stalk/trunk tonight and it's softening. Suffice to say, I'm concerned that it's just going to rot on me. The company, to my knowledge, offers no warranties of any sort - you get a bum plant or something messed up with shipping, and you're SOL. So it's just me, whatever advice or suggestions or shared experience I can garner here, and a prayer.
I guess I was expecting more of a corm to speak of, but it just looked like a rooted stalk to me when I unwrapped it. It wasn't soft when I got it, but it was pretty well blackened from top to bottom with the slightest hint of (dark) green on what remained of a leaf the source had trimmed off pre-shipping (which they state they do).
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated - any experience at all. I'm not sure what is the norm with these because this is the first time I've tried any type of banana plant. None of my pre-reading prepared me for this unfortunately. If it bombs, by chance does anyone have any pups available for trade either by mail or in person at the Middle Tennessee Plant Swap in May?
Thanks a bunch! (no pun intended)