3 months ago

What are these earthworms doing on my banana bush?

In one banana tree out of many I found what appears to be earthworms in the crotch of the base of the leaf next to the tree..where water collects. It also has a large amount of worm castings, which I have found on other trees as well...but this is the only one with the worms present.
The worms are about 4 feet above the ground on this tree, but castings are found on much taller trees.
Apologies for the poor quality of the pictures.
My questions:
1) Are they harming the trees? Many of the trees exhibit symptoms of disease (fungus?) in which the leaves yellow and the tree dies prematurely. Any conncetion?
2) How do these worms get up in the tree? Are they able to stay in the tree somehow from the time it is at ground level?

1 answer

David Hughes 3 months ago

1) Are they harming the trees? Many of the trees exhibit symptoms of disease (fungus?) in which the leaves yellow and the tree dies prematurely. Any conncetion?

Earthworms eat soil fragments that contain organic matter. If they have fungal spores on their body they could track them, but if you have fungal infection then I suspect the spores are arriving with rain or wind.

If you have fungal infected leaves then send pictures of that


2) How do these worms get up in the tree? Are they able to stay in the tree somehow from the time it is at ground level?

Who knows! They must climb.

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