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Beginner Gardening: Cut Dead Leaves Off?

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Saint Stephens Churc, VA

July 11, 2010
6:44 PM

Post #7961199

I have a dwarf musa banana tree I am growing via hydroculture indoors. During warm sunny days, I put him out on the deck in full light. I've only had Nanners about a week. He arrived looking healthy and vibrant and still looked so after I transferred him to Hydroton. A few days later, though, one of my kiddos accidentally dropped a library book on him and knocked him silly, damaging one of his leaves. He went downhill very quickly. All of his leaves withered and I thought he would die, but yesterday, he unfurled a pretty new leaf.

I tried to pull the dead and dying leaves off, but they do not come easily. I am a relative newbie to growing plants and generally am not successful, but the plants I know you have to trim dead leaves from typically let them go easily.

Do I need to cut Nanners' dead leaves off and, if I do, what is the best method of doing so?

You can see pictures of Nanners from his first transfer, to his dying leaves, to his new leaf here:



(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2010
10:49 PM

Post #7961690

I'm thinking he had a case of transplant shock and book shock. I use scissors to cut off dead or dying leaves. It's much easier than trying to pull them off. It looks like he'll be fine.
Saint Stephens Churc, VA

July 12, 2010
6:36 AM

Post #7962087

Thanks, kwanjin. :)

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