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I recently received a banana tree as a gift and as it is starting to decline I am worried about it. First off, I live in southern Canada (London) so I don't have a tropical climate but its been quite hot this week so there's been no shortage of heat. It was in a pot that was oddly small so I figured it needed a bigger one. I'll describe what I've done, it might all be wrong but I am completely new to plant care so forgive me. 1. removed the plant from its pot, cut off a water sucker with a pocket knife and repotted them both (regrettably with triple mix instead of potting soil). The mature tree's pot is still largely the soil it was succeeding in before I got it. 2. I've been watering daily and it gets full sun. 3. I used scissors to follow the contour of brown dry parts and cut it off. 4. after repotting I gave it a small dose (order of a tablespoon) of soluble rose fertilizer on the recommendation of the previous owner. I was instructed to fertilize it weekly. I'm no expert but it's not looking as good as when I got it. I have attached before before repotting/separation [after repotting/separation]and after photos roughly I'm curious to know 1) what is the cause of the problems and 2) given what happened is in the past, what's the best way forward? Do I repot this time with potting soil? different or more fertilizer? S.O.S. thanks, Rick

  • Possibly sunburn. What light conditions was yours in before you got it. When I took my banana out into partial sun, after winter under light bulbs, it developed symptoms similar to yours. I think it wil live. – Wayfaring Stranger May 29 at 13:33
  • It was in a greenhouse, very likely receiving artificial light! I will move it to a space near a tree so it gets some shade. Thank you! – space_potato May 29 at 14:02

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