ElPolloDiablo said:I cannot make out what that thing is.
Bananas love their water but hate having soggy feet.
I'm embarrassed to provide this update but leave it here as a warning to future generations.
I brought the bananas upstairs indoors to encourage the growth that had begun again in the basement. Over a few weeks, I lost another, and have one relatively healthy looking one remaining.
To see if there was anything salvageable in the second victim I took it outside and dumped the soil. The top five inches were bone dry. The bottom five inches were soggy.
I had potted them up in pots with....I wish I could whisper this....no drainage holes. None. Whatsoever. Somehow they lived through last summer, outdoors, in those containers, but maybe because they were in the sun and putting on strong growth, I got away with it.
Nothing salvageable in my second victim but have reseated the survivor in a shallower, wider pot with generous drainage holes.
How embarrassing. It absolutely looked and felt like overwatering but because the top of the soil was so, so, so dry I didn't think it could be the case.
I leave this post as a cautionary tale.