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Crushedgrapes
Jun 17, 2021 11:21 PM CST
Hello! I have a Musa "Oriental" Dwarf plant - which I guess is a banana plant?

He was extremely happy when we brought him home a couple months ago and was producing new shoots / leave every week. We were measuring and the shoots were growing about 2" a day. Now however, he seems to have slown down and his leaves are starting to droop.
I water him 1x a week because his soil is usually still pretty moist all week. I typically mist him every other morning. He's still in the same pot that came from the garden store, with the same soil, which is like a spongey kind of mulch.
The pot does have drainage holes with a tray underneath. I try to water deeply until I see water in the tray. Usually I let it sit 15 mins then check to see if there's water, like I do with my other plants, but usually he's drank it all up. I read online that they like a lot of nutrients in the summer so have given him a small amount of miracle gro 4-3-6 liquid plant food (diluted to 2ml per gallon of water).
He is in a very bright spot but gets no direct light. My boyfriend moved him about 2 weeks ago to vacuum and put him in front of a north facing window that gets a lot of direct light in the mornings. He was over there for 2 days. That's when we started seeing the drooping leaves. I was worried he was shocked from being moved into the direct light so moved him back to his original spot. He continues to droop.
He has one new shoot but it has now been growing for 2 weeks and still isn't showing signs of opening. Is the droop normal? Everything im reading is so contradictory. Too much water? Not enough? Too much sun? Not enough? I love him. Helllllp.
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BigBill
Jun 18, 2021 7:34 AM CST
It might need repotting. If it was growing 2" a day, all of that top growth means that there is good root growth too.
Please, please, please use a pot with drainage holes.
A North window "with plenty of direct light" is in my opinion, inadequate. I think it needs an East window with an hour or so of direct sun hitting the leaves. An East window would be brighter. So many dwarf bananas produce more fruit with some direct sun. I am not saying that you need to toast them in full sun but a North window is not nearly enough light.

What type of window glass do you have? You are in a Northern climate where sunlight weakens dramatically with a change of seasons. If your windows are relatively new and energy saving, they are designed to keep sunlight and cold out in order to cut energy costs. Just because we think that it is bright enough, the Musa could be suffering in poor light.
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Crushedgrapes
Jun 18, 2021 10:57 AM CST
Unfortunately, I live in a condo so north facing / slightly east facing is all the light I get.
The pot it's currently in has drainage and a tray below.
The building was built in 2005 so not the newest windows.
I'll try putting him back in the direct sun spot and repotting and see if that helps.

BigBill said:It might need repotting. If it was growing 2" a day, all of that top growth means that there is good root growth too.
Please, please, please use a pot with drainage holes.
A North window "with plenty of direct light" is in my opinion, inadequate. I think it needs an East window with an hour or so of direct sun hitting the leaves. An East window would be brighter. So many dwarf bananas produce more fruit with some direct sun. I am not saying that you need to toast them in full sun but a North window is not nearly enough light.

What type of window glass do you have? You are in a Northern climate where sunlight weakens dramatically with a change of seasons. If your windows are relatively new and energy saving, they are designed to keep sunlight and cold out in order to cut energy costs. Just because we think that it is bright enough, the Musa could be suffering in poor light.


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purpleinopp
Jun 18, 2021 11:15 AM CST
Sounds good, and add more water before the soil becomes literally dry. It looks really dry in the pic.
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