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Old 01-12-2023, 09:03 AM   #41 (permalink)
 
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Most bananas in pots for me I have noticed either grow crazy depending on type or are up and down with growth. But some of that is even in partial shade they can get really hot/dry if I canít water them everyday. So my plan is to put everything this year in pots in the ground and maybe dig them up and pot in the greenhouse or garage or take a pup for winter.
A large saucer under your container will help for those warm days. Not only does it catch run off but through wicking action it hydrates the bottom 1/2 to a 1/3 of the pot .

I have observed a few forum members use large saucers under their large plants to hold supplemental water.

You can use them on most tropicals and musa.

Here is a snapshot of when one waters and it flows out the drain holes or around the soiless mix in your pot.
This is just after you've thought you watered your pot "real good".

This is what really happens.
Note the distinct water line on the top 1/2 of the container and the bottom 1/2 is dry.
A saucer will catch the overflow and wick the water upwards to the dry area.

Try it out check and see if it works for you and draw your own conclusions.
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Yeah makes sense and my pots drain quick. So thatís a good idea but wouldnít want to much water laying around as mosquitoes here are active all year long.
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Yeah makes sense and my pots drain quick. So that’s a good idea but wouldn’t want to much water laying around as mosquitoes here are active all year long.
The intention is not to have the saucer full of water but to catch the
run off and wick the excess up into the container.

Water only what your plant will consume....after some practice and observation you will hit the mark just right.

Water sitting in the saucer full time could lead to root rot.
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The sides of a pot can get really hot and cook the near roots. For pots that are in direct sunlight we use fabric skirts made from landscaping cloth to block the sunlight.

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Well walking around the yard my large mats that I wrapped up with plastic sheeting. Only one variety my ice cream had some 12ft stalks that still got whacked others look fine inside. It comes back every year quick even if the whole mat melts to the ground. We got 16 maybe 14 here for the am the day the whole country got a low.

That’s an idea I can try. Just really need to plant them out. Have two pots that I don’t know what the bananas are and don’t have extra so kinda don’t want to plant them out..

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1 night of heavy frost, 1 night of frost and freeze, covered with a pot and a bucket. my sweetheart and my ladyfinger did well. i used nothing else except mulch, no heat source.

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