Banana trees are known to be susceptible to fusarium wilt caused by fungi or worms in the soil. This disease can quickly spread to other banana trees if left unattended.
The telltale signs of fusarium wilt are yellowing leaves and cracking stems. But don’t worry, Aji Wiranata’s YouTube channel has a simple solution that involves the use of salt and detergent to tackle this problem.
Tools and Materials Required
- Powder detergent
- Plastic bucket
How to Treat Fusarium Wilt on Banana Trees
Step 1: Take a plastic bucket that can hold about 1.5 liters of water and fill it with water.
Step 2: Add 500 grams of salt to the water and stir it until it is mixed and dissolved properly.
Step 3: Add 50 grams of powdered detergent soap to the salt water and stir until the solution is evenly mixed.
Step 4: Pour the detergent and salt solution all over the affected banana tree, making sure to sprinkle it evenly.
Step 5: Finally, sprinkle poradan around the base of the tree. This will help to kill the worms or fungi that are causing the fusarium wilt.
After treating the affected banana tree with this solution, let it wither and die naturally. Even if you have banana tree saplings, it’s best to let the affected tree die. Once the affected tree is dead, the saplings will grow healthily again.
Preventing Fusarium Wilt on Banana Trees
Prevention is always better than cure, and it’s no different in the case of fusarium wilt on banana trees. Here are a few steps you can take to prevent this disease:
- Choose superior quality banana tree seeds that are free from fungus.
- Sprinkle dolomite or lime around the banana tillers when they are one month old.
- Stop using the same sickle or hoe that you have used to prune banana trees affected by fusarium wilt.
Fusarium wilt is a serious problem that needs to be tackled as soon as possible. Otherwise, it can quickly spread to other banana trees and cause widespread damage. It’s always better to remove affected trees immediately instead of risking the health of other banana trees.