Dying Banana-leaf fig?

Lee Hadden hadden at wingate.edu
Fri Aug 18 21:16:45 EST 2000

Ooops!--didn't see the "fig" part.  Please ignore my previous response --
unless you are trying to grow banana plants!


Lee Hadden wrote:

> I've grown banana plants in the yard [summer/fall] and taken them inside
> during winter for many years.  Typically they lose their "outdoor",
> bright sun-tolerating leaves shortly after I bring them in.  [I use a
> large plastic or metal tub half-filled with potting soil and since I
> have a vaulted ceiling, I rarely have to cut off too many of the
> top-most leaf blades.]  They first turn yellow, then brown, although I
> normally cut them off when they look really sickly [giving them just a
> little time to recycle leaf components back to the rest of the plant].
> Then they start to unfurl new leaf blades which do fine under interior
> artificial light and indirect sunlight filtering through translucent
> blinds.  When the danger of frost is past I replant them outdoors.  The
> winter leaves sun scald immediately, die and shrivel up, but are
> replaced by new leaf blades which become sun-adapted as they slowly
> emerge.
> Even had it flower once outdoors in fall and then it produced a small
> number of really delicious tree-ripened bananas in our living room!, the
> first such bananas I had ever had.  They were as unlike store-bought,
> picked green and gassed bananas as are store-bought styrofoam tomatoes
> compared to vine ripened.
> Sounds like you plant is doing what mine always do.  Be careful not to
> make the soil too wet or soggy.  Mine seem to do better on neglect than
> too much water.
> Lee Hadden
> Professor of Biology
> Department of Biology
> Wingate University
> Wingate, NC  28174
> hadden at wingate.edu
> http://www.wingate.edu
> 704-233-8238
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