Ask a Question forum: My musa plant is getting yellow

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Houston TX
Jan 30, 2018 9:11 PM CST
I have 2 musa plants and the l aves are getting yellow, I don't know how should I handle it, hope they are not dying 😥!

Please help ! Is it normal because of the cold weather ? Just FYI I'm in Houston Texas

Thank you
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jan 30, 2018 10:36 PM CST

How long have you had these bananas? Have you wintered them over before? Where were they living before it got too cold outside?
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Houston TX
Jan 31, 2018 7:00 AM CST
I just got them 6 months ago, I usually take them to the garage where we have a window when it's snowing/ freezing.

What should I do ?

Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Jan 31, 2018 4:13 PM CST
The yellow leaves are a generic symptom that can be caused by inadequate light, improper watering, and even low humidity.

Indoors, Banana plants require maximum sunlight close to a sunny window. Allow the top inch of soil to dry between waterings. I hope there are drain holes in those pots. Finally, Banana plants are often not good indoor plants because of their need for high humidity, as well as warm temps and good sunlight.
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Name: Michael
Coastal SE GA (Zone 9a)
Jan 31, 2018 5:34 PM CST
I think it is totally normal for this time of year. Semi dormant. Don't water too much until the weather warms up and they should start growing again and be fine. Cut the dead leaves off later in the spring. Bananas can be kept completely dormant for the winter but it sounds like you are doing great with yours. Just protect from frost and freezing weather in the garage like you have been already done.

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