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Old 04-23-2015, 11:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Very excited to join this forum! I live in Central Virginia..zone 7......recently purchased 2 California Gold plants. They arrived in good shape...basically a clump of roots surrounded by a sterile potting mix shipped in a waterproof bag approx. 2+ inches in diameter. The pseudstem was approx. 6" in height and ea. plant had 4 leaves. Ipotted them last Saturday into 6" pots. In the last 5 days ea. plant has sprouted a new full leaf.
My question is: I currently have them in my Florida room with a maintained temp. between 78-82 degrees.....24/7.... I have only watered them once since potting and I check them daily with a moisture & pH meter......all looks good. Is it safe to add a liquid or pelletized fertiler to such a young plant. The original potting mix I used was a STA-GREEN product with a minimal amount of fertilizer in the mix. Any and all ideas or suggestions are appreciated. Thanks All
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Old 04-24-2015, 12:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi kub, Thanks for welcoming me aboard.. I see you live in Lakeland...... I've got a brother near Melbourne...... I get down that way 2-3 times a year....Want to be there more but can't convince the wife...yet!
Any and all help you can offer me on the banana plants would be appreciated... I'm definitely a "newbie" when it comes to banana plants.......Thanks again and I hope to hear from you sometime.
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I'm far from being an expert.. But if I always fertilize actively growing plants..you can use a balanced time release gradual or a mild liquid like miracle grow... I'm sure there are better choices but that is what I use without issue...good luck
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From your description of you plants and grow method it sound like your on track.. treat your plant as you would your other plants.

When new plants are just potted up like yours or mine, keep the ferts low dose until the plant establishes itself in the container.
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Welcome. I did the same thing when I got mine and they wintered over fine. Been in the ground for 6 weeks now.
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