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Doctor, it's about my banana

Hello GWers,

I have a young banana plant, it's in a south facing garden, neutral soil, albeit in a relatively shady part of it.

Anyway, please take a look at the photo, and I'd love to know what's wrong with it?

I planted it about 3 months ago and although it's growing, the leaves just don't look happy at all. Planted it with a mix of garden soil, compost, fish blood & bone, topped off with mulch (above ground obvs.)



  • MattyDMattyD Posts: 34
    philippa smith2 says:

    You don't say which Banana you have - Basjoo is the hardiest for the UK.

    In any event, no Banana will be particularly happy growing in the middle of a lawn.  They are lush semi tropical jobs and need to be treated accordingly.  

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     Hi philippa smith2,

    it is a musa basjoo. I've planted it to the edge of the lawn, it gets watered nearly every day.

  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,649

    The grass will be depriving it of food and using the water you think you're giving the banana. The reason grass is such a successful plant is that it smothers it's competition very successfully. Clear a much bigger area around it - at least out as far as the leaves of the banana and preferably a bit further, and then add a very thick mulch of something tasty (to a plant). 

    Last edited: 12 July 2017 17:18:26

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  • GuybrushGuybrush Posts: 172

    Bananas need a lot of water and feed so I would mulch it with a good 3-4 inches of compost or bark which will help keep any water you give it in the soil. I'd then give it a high nitrogen feed like seaweed or nettle every couple of weeks.

  • MattyDMattyD Posts: 34

    Thank you Raisingirl and Guybrush, I shall cut away more grass and then do the bark and seaweed feed. I am much obliged to you all.

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