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Jun 14, 2020 1:05 PM CST

I would like to ask about my Banana tree. It was purchased fairly grown in March and has a big pot facing indirect (east) sun. It is growing new leaves very well (once new one opens up, there is another one growing inside) and makes me one proud mum. However, i have noticed that older leaves are brown on the edges and stem has overall blackish spots (i read somewhere it could be normal, but wanted to double check). I try to water it once a week or when ground is dry, dont leave water in the plate and mist it every day.

Another question I have is how long until it starts growing pups?

Thank you!

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Name: Andrea Reagan
Astatula, Florida (Zone 9a)
I collect seeds
Jun 14, 2020 1:42 PM CST
The browning on the leaves and the black spots on the trunk are normal. Your plant is looking very healthy. Bananas take a long time to start giving pups and when they do it is usually because the mother plant is ready to give you bananas; because the mother banana plant dies after producing the fruit.
Name: Will Creed
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Jun 15, 2020 10:06 AM CST
I would add that it would do better if it were located right in front of a sunny, uncovered indoor window so it can get some direct sun.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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