Tight maurelli leaves

B19bst

Tight maurelli leaves

Post by B19bst » Sun Jul 28, 2013 6:56 pm

I have a thick trunk ensete maurelli and the leaves keep coming but it seems to be getting stuck as the leaves are now getting shorter and a new leaf is pretty much ready to come open when the one before has just opened.

Is there a good way to sort this and if so how as I do prize the stems open at the bottom to help them along but seems to have no effect.

Some help would be good as I want it to grow in height and not just to be dumpy

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Re: Tight maurelli leaves

Post by B19bst » Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:37 am

Doesn't anybody know????????????? V

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Re: Tight maurelli leaves

Post by Dave Brown » Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:21 am

Lack of response is probably due to lack of information given.
Potted or planted ?
Fed or not fed ?
Do the leaves look ok other than size ?
A picture paints a thousand words :wink:

They are gross feeders so need a constant supply of nutrients. Little and often, is the feeding program to follow. I use half strength miracle gro twice a week. Too high a dose rate can cause problems.

Maurelii is a dumpy plant compared to 'Montbeliardii'
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Re: Tight maurelli leaves

Post by B19bst » Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:30 pm

It's potted. I use fertiliser every few weeks with palm booster with tomato feed with seaweed. Watered every other day. I know that they are dumpy compared to the monti but the one in the back in the same size pot is growing taller as well as big leaves.

I will sort out a picture in a minute

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Re: Tight maurelli leaves

Post by Dave Brown » Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:11 pm

Tomato feed is high potassium (K) for flowers and fruit. my Ensete get high nitrogen (N) for big leaves :wink:
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Re: Tight maurelli leaves

Post by B19bst » Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:35 pm

Ok so lay off the tomato feed. And do just miriclegrow instead.?

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Re: Tight maurelli leaves

Post by B19bst » Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:42 pm

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Can you see what I mean . There almost getting stuck.

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Re: Tight maurelli leaves

Post by grub » Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:44 pm

Looks like the 'strangles', not seen that for a while. :shock:

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Re: Tight maurelli leaves

Post by B19bst » Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:45 pm

Is that to do with the slugs getting down into the inside of the leaves and eating away. If so if I put slug pellets inside would that help.

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Re: Tight maurelli leaves

Post by grub » Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:49 pm

Nope, it is fixable though but you ain't gonna like it...

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Re: Tight maurelli leaves

Post by B19bst » Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:51 pm

Go on fire away. I would like too keep it. You are going too say cut the stem clean off aren't you. Lol

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Re: Tight maurelli leaves

Post by grub » Mon Jul 29, 2013 4:05 pm

B19bst wrote:Go on fire away. I would like too keep it. You are going too say cut the stem clean off aren't you. Lol
Yup! Don't be too hasty though as they sometimes grow through it, give it a while and see if it frees up.

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Re: Tight maurelli leaves

Post by B19bst » Mon Jul 29, 2013 4:07 pm

How far down the stem. Been doing it for a few weeks. Was doing good.


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Re: Tight maurelli leaves

Post by Dave Brown » Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:40 pm

Sorry Grub, but I can't see a problem with that :roll:
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