Red Leaved Banana Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Seattle,, WA
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Question by kaarenb
August 5, 2002
My Red Leaved Banana Tree was growing quite well until
recently when the center leaves are very thin and green
instead of red. They are so tightly wound that as they
are growing they are tearing and misforming the next leaf.
I am wondering if too much fertilizer is to blame, or if
you have a possible answer. I use a high nitrogen
fertilizer which is 30-11-11. My other musa's are doing
great, but the red leaf is having difficulty. It is the
sun for about 6 hours a day. You help would be greatly

Answer from NGA
August 5, 2002
Deformed leaves can be caused by insect feeding or a result of forced growth. Musa is fast-growing even in average soil, so I suspect its high-nitrogen diet is accelerating growth to the point that the roots can't keep up with the demand of the foliage. Hold back on the fertilizer applications and allow your musa to grow at its own pace. New foliage should develop normally and as the leaves mature they should take on that red hue that makes them so attractive.

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