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Apr 8, 2017 12:24 PM CST
Hello. I planted a musa banana last year. It did well and it even has 2 pups that are about 4 ft tall. The pups look great and are putting out leaves. They look healthy. The main stalk, however, does not. We trimmed all of them back after a rough winter. The main stalk had a leaf in it that never emerged. It almost appeared constipated, as the leaf never emerged. A month later, the inner leaf remains curled and stuck and is turning dry and brown. The other 2 stalks look great and healthy. We fertilized and have watered regularly. What's wrong? For reference, I live in zone 9A. The weather has been in the 60's to 70's lately.
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Apr 8, 2017 1:59 PM CST
Hi and welcome! Do you know what variety of banana you have? "Musa" is just the botanical name for all bananas. How about posting a picture of the plant?

Also, Please would you fill in your profile to include your actual location? Just a zone doesn't tell us much except your average winter low temperature.

Are you watering it generously, and deeply enough? Bananas are very thirsty and also hungry.

It's really still not warm enough for it to be taking off yet. As the weather warms, you should see it get going again but the main stalk may have been killed by the trimming in the winter. That's the nature of the plant - it puts up pups from the root mass, and eventually the larger stalks do die off, usually after they bear fruit. (but not always)


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Apr 9, 2017 12:37 AM CST


I agree Mine are very slow to get going until it really warms up.
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Apr 9, 2017 9:28 AM CST
Welcome! Some time the mother dies after it gives off pups, maybe that is what has happened, it didnt happen to my zebrina but I have read that it does happen.
Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
Apr 9, 2017 3:29 PM CST
Hello and welcome!

I have a musa banana plant myself, Specifically a Dwarf Cavendish. Do you got a picture of the plant? That might help us identify the problem.


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