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Old 12-17-2009, 12:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hey everyone, just posting a quick hello to all and a quick question as well. i've been reading your posts for a few weeks now, and i know everyone here has a lot to offer...i look forward to learning as much as i can from everyone.
the question is concerning organic banana production. i'm in central va, zone 7a, and was curious as to how you all go about it without synthetic fertilizers (or if anyone does at all). I know it's possible (they do grow wild, afterall...) but i have not been able to find many posts on the topic. So if you could direct me to those threads that i have overlooked, or just explain here, i'd greatly appreciate it.
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello & Welcome from the Sportsman's Paradise :^) No idea about anything synthetic other than oil.. Good Luck growing...
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome!

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Old 12-17-2009, 05:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site. As for your question I used store bought stuff, sorry but there are a lot of organic growers here who will be of help.
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Old 12-17-2009, 06:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
 
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Sorry cant help with your question since I haven't any banana yet but.....

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I'm sure Organic can be done with compost there's lots of information about that here and what ingredients add what Nutrient- Synthetic fertilizer is just more concentrated and easier for some.
To say that Bananas grow and fruit in the wild is true- but not true for zone 7a Virginia. You'll have to take some special steps if you ever want to see Bananas fruit in your zone.
Welcome to the group I'm sure you'll find all the information you'll need here.
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Old 12-17-2009, 09:16 AM   #7 (permalink)
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welcome from California. I donot know the answer but your getting allot of help I see.
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Old 12-17-2009, 11:26 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I use properly aged horse manure and volcanic ash, myself.
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
 
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Welcome from South Louisiana. I use both comercial and natural. Horse and chicken manure. Check for a local stable they often give the horse manure away. The chicken poop is available at some plant nurseries and most feed & seed type stores.
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:38 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Welcome Zeissbickham!!!

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Old 12-17-2009, 04:15 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Old 12-17-2009, 04:23 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Welcome from New Jersey. I'm growing all mine without any chemichal fertilizers and use plenty of compost, seaweed, aged horse stable sweepings and the occaisional shot of Espoma organic fertilizer. All my plants have done very well using only these. Relatives in Ashburn Va. have had luck with plants given them using total neglect as well! Good luck and welcome aboard.
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I've been looking at using organic tea. I've already started using it on the indoor plants with good results. I don't have a final recipe but so far have added about a half gallon of compost to 4 gallons of rain water a couple table spoons of unsulfured molasses and a dash of epson salts. I put the compost in a net and lower in in the water. I use an aquarium heater set at 80 degrees. I have a power head that circulates the water and an air pump attached to an air stone. Brew it for 3 days and use immediately. I water with it and foliage feed.

Any suggestions on ingredients to add to the recipe when the bananas are really growing?

Possibly:

fritted trace elements
blood meal
bone meal
worm castings
alfalfa meal
humic acid


It seems to work for this guy:

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Old 12-18-2009, 03:01 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site! I hope you learn a lot here...there is a TON of excellent information passed around on the boards. As far as organic fertilizers, you could always do some good compost and use that to feed your plants. I would stray from using uncomposted manure directly on plants as it tends to burn them. But if composted well, you can make some really good, nutrient-rich compost to feed them!
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