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Old 04-11-2008, 09:29 AM   #21 (permalink)
 
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Well, twenty dollars was all I had! LOL!!! I would have bought all three. At what point is one able to identify an unknown banana?

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Dean,
after consulting a bunch of people the fertilizer should be something like 10-10-10 or was suggested 14-14-14 which is for grass sins Bananas are very heavy feeders and need allot of nitrogen after they get going
and as with any plant micro nutrients are essential for good success for example i live in NV the soil is some of the poorest in North America its mostly salty sand so i have to add sulfur to bring the PH more in line i don't want to get to in to soil chemistry but adding the appropriate micro nutrients to your soil will bring on bang up growth for any of your plants
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Old 04-11-2008, 09:37 AM   #23 (permalink)
 
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Thanks, damaclese, I'll have to get a fertilizer like that.

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An ideal fertilizer would be 16-1-24. This mixture is usually not available. Some fertilizers marked "Rose Food" are 8-4-12 which is a good substitute. Basically, you would like the K in N-P-K to be 1.5 as large as the N. Bananas will ignore most of the P, so no need to have high amounts of that.
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Cool, I'll have to get some rose food!

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Guys, does anybody know what to do about thoughs white spots I mentioned before in the forum?
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thanks Rich i got that 14-14-14 thing from the supplier that i bout my banana from so really sorry if i passed on some bad info. do u think micro nutrients are important
i live in Nevada and the soil here has almost no good stuff in it just salt and volcanic decomposed granite well at least it drains well LOL! o and lots of rocks i for got that hehe
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Well, "triple 14" certainly works. To maximize your fruit production, you would like 1.5 times as much Potash vs. Nitrogen, and at least 1 pound of Nitrogen per banana plant in the ground per year. Here's a short consumer-friendly article with a bit of "how-to" in it:

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Guys, does anybody know what to do about thoughs white spots I mentioned before in the forum?
It could just be hard minerals in the water that show up when the water dries on the leaf. There are also some types of scale, but those you can tell by scraping, and killing them with your finger nail.
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Lets hope it's not scale! Your right it's probably just water. Another question I had... I'm not sure what it's called but it's when you take a stem or leaf from a plant, put rooting hormone on it, and stick it in the ground/water and it starts to grow into a plant. Can you do that with a banana tree/callalilly. I know the callalilly was kind of out of nowherebut I have a really nice plant that I would like two of!
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No, Callas or bananas will not grow from a cutting.
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Old 04-12-2008, 05:05 PM   #32 (permalink)
 
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That stinks! Have you ever tried? are you sure????
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i tried it on callis, nope it wont work. callies are bulbs. they are one of my fav. flowers. sorry.
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O well, can't have everything. Thats strange though. A friend of mine gave me it and told me it was from her plant. Like she had split it in two or something along thoughs lines. If anybody knows how to do something like that I ( and I'm sure some other people) would like to know how to do it. I love my calla and I want to make sure if dies for any reason I'll have second one jjjjuuuusssttt like it also can you grow fruit trees from a cutting? preferably pomegranates, pineapples, and orange trees. Can you grow anything from a cutting exept bulbs?
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if your friend had a clump of callies then all she did was divide the clump. how long have you had your callies? they should make more bulbs every year if you feed them correctly. dividing a clump is just digging them out of the dirt and seperating a few bulb and moving them. i just did this to about 4 clumps of iris back in november. you would have to ask richard, chong, joe real about the rooting of trees by cuttings. i know it can be done, but ive only done it so far with corkscrew willows, crepe myrtles, green american willows and a few others. sorry i couldnt be of more help.
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Thanks! That was helpful. I know how to grow things from cutting just don't know what kinds of things you can do that on. I've had my calla 5 years...I think... Maybe I'll try that. Thats probably what my friend did. Thanks again! Any extra info on how to "separate" the bulbs would be very helpful. If I'm confident enough to do this without killing my only calla I might try.
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after they bloom and the greenage starts to turn brown, dig the clump up and divide your bulbs. wipe them off with a soft dry towel and repot or re- plant. thats how i divide my tulips, daffies, cannas, and iris, etc.

p.s. if your gonna replant in a pot put a teaspoon of bonemeal in the hole before you put the bulbs in. you ll be amazed what they do the next year. if your gonna put them in the ground use a tablespoon of bonemeal and then the bulbs.
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Lets hope it's not scale! Your right it's probably just water. Another question I had... I'm not sure what it's called but it's when you take a stem or leaf from a plant, put rooting hormone on it, and stick it in the ground/water and it starts to grow into a plant. Can you do that with a banana tree/callalilly. I know the callalilly was kind of out of nowherebut I have a really nice plant that I would like two of!
The only way that will work is if you tissue culture it, which involves hormones and a few other things, and you get thousands of plants, but it's not as easy as using hormone on cuttings from other plants.
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Do you think you could tell me how to tissue culture it. (You don't have to if it's to hard to explain)
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I wouldn't be the one to ask, but it involves lab equiptment, tools, hormones, ect.
There's a few threads on the subject, and there are a few online resources, and companies you can order videos on how to.
One recent thread on the subject- http://www.bananas.org/f30/tissue-cu...ited-3877.html
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