Drooping, cisping musa basjoo banana

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    Ruth Clements New Member

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    Here with some banana plant woes. So I'm in the UK, bought this Musa basjoo a couple of months ago and until recently it was looking great, putting out a new leaf every week or so. I was watering usually twice a week as it was right up against an east-facing bathroom window and was starting to outgrow its pot so drained quickly. There was some brown tips but nothing major. But then about a month ago it started drooping and the NEW leaves were getting brown patches. I was fertilizing every other week as it was putting out a lot of new growth and I read that they are heavy feeders. Since it started to go downhill I repotted it, and it now drains a lot slower, there was even a little white mold starting to grow on the stem on so I pulled off the but of the old leaf remains it was on. I'm not sure if I fertilized it too much? I haven't fertilized it for a couple of weeks now. When I repotted it I moved it from the bathroom to my bedroom which is south-west facing as I thought perhaps being up close to the glass was burning the leaves? Maybe a fungal problem? I've posted pictures of when it was more healthy-looking for comparison. I've also thoroughly checked it for bugs with a flashlight and haven't found anything. It has been fairly warm here so I don't think temperature is the culprit either.
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    New pot is still much too small. Also this should be an outdoor plant in London if there is any bed space available to you. Even if kept in a bigger pot it should be outside at this time of the year.
     
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    Tom Hulse Active Member 10 Years

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    Hi Ruth. :) I agree with Ron, this is not a great houseplant this time of year in London. It will likely be a sad, droopy, buggy mess until you get it outdoors. It will suffer sunburn if you do the transition too fast to full sun. Plan on loosing every one of those leaves in next few months and focus on the success of your new outdoor, full-sun leaves that will come quickly.
     
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    Thanks for the advice, I've moved it out to the balcony. Going to wait till the roots have a bit spread into the new pot before putting it in a bigger one again. There is a tree that filters some of the afternoon sun for 1-2 hours so perhaps that might mean a little less suburn? I'll find out soon enough
     

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