Ask a Question forum: Banana plant (?) bottom leaf turned yellow

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Vancouver WA
krestik_sunny
Apr 11, 2018 10:07 PM CST
Hello, I have a banana plant (I think) and the bottom leaf turned yellow with a brown tip. Do banana plants drop bottom leaves or something is wrong?

Reason why I'm not sure what it is is because it's passed down as someone else's present and no one remembers what it was. I asked an identity my plant specialist for money online and they couldn't identify it. So I hope it's a banana plant

The photos attached are BEFORE the bottom leaf turned yellow Smiling

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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Apr 12, 2018 1:55 PM CST
Not positive, but it does look like a Banana Plant (Musa). If it is stressed for any reason, it will drop some older (lower) leaves. It requires lots of dry indoor sunlight, warm temps, and soil that is watered thoroughly as soon as the top half-inch is dry.
Will Creed
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Vancouver WA
krestik_sunny
Apr 12, 2018 1:56 PM CST
WillC said:Not positive, but it does look like a Banana Plant (Musa). If it is stressed for any reason, it will drop some older (lower) leaves. It requires lots of dry indoor sunlight, warm temps, and soil that is watered thoroughly as soon as the top half-inch is dry.


Oh ok so there's no time rule on watering this plant, just as soon as the soil is dry?

Off to water it then! thanks!
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Apr 12, 2018 2:20 PM CST
Yes, that is true for virtually all potted plants. They should be watered as needed, not by the calendar.

What matters is how far down the soil needs to dry before it requires water. For your Banana Plant in a small pot, the top half-inch needs to dry before watering. Other plants need water as soon as the surface of the soil feels dry and still others need to dry deep into the pot before watering. That is what I mean by "as needed."
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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