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Old 05-05-2019, 02:40 PM
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Hello! I am new to this forum and I’m grateful that it exists. I’ve had a 6-foot+ bird of paradise plant or banana plant for about 2-3 years. How can I post pictures? It has always been healthy but I think something is wrong with it now. The leaves are very droopy and there is a white fuzz on the top of the soil. I also found a little spider and spiderweb. I was moving the plant to steak it and I saw a couple of tiny red ants coming out of the bottom. Some of the leaves have brown spots and or edges. I have kept it in the same bright light location and watered it the same amount all of this time. I repotted it only once about eight months ago. The only thing I can think of is I might have been giving it too much fertilizer. This plant is very special to me as it was given to me by my mother who passed away. It makes me very sad that somethings wrong with it. Please please please please please help!
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Old 05-05-2019, 03:09 PM
Location: S. FL (hell for me-wife loves it)
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The white fuzz on the soil is most likely a fungus. Don't overwater it. Brown spots on leaves could be virus, very hard to "cure" in plants. Could also be over-fertilizing, hard to tell without photos. Over fertilization would be leaf edges are burned, not spots in the center of leaves.
The webbing could be spidermites. Sounds like it's getting attacked on all fronts, sadly.

A product called "Mantis" can kill spidermites if used 3 times, for 3 days. Keep it around though, spidermites are definitely the bane of gardeners, and notorious for returning.

You can post photos by using the little yellow square "picture" in your editing tools above each dialog box. Other folks
may have other ideas, but it's Sunday, so don't expect a lot of traffic today.

Good luck, photos would definitely help people who could offer opinions and advice.

And welcome to City Data.

*Edit: If you have a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, you can make a mix of 2 parts water to 1 part hydrogen peroxide and use it as a soil drench. It aerates the roots and will help boost the plant. If it has anything chewing on its' roots, this will kill them too. Only do this once a month.
But if you have a virus, well....I know you said a gift from your mother, but those are really hard to cure, as I said. Post those pics.
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Old 05-05-2019, 05:26 PM
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THANK YOU!!!! I’ll upload the pictures! Please tell me if it’s a banana plant, bird of Paradise or other. THANK YOU!!! 🌱🌈🌸
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Old 05-07-2019, 05:56 AM
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Do you live near a good nursery? Or perhaps a board of cooperative extension. I am assuming it is too large to take in so, take close up pictures and show them. It sounds like it needs a debugger. I have used Seven powder.
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Old 05-08-2019, 12:41 AM
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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If it is a banana plant, it may die off every other year or so. Usually the main stem will make fruit and die and then young stems will sprout up around it from the base. If it's a banana plant.
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