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Old 10-14-2009, 01:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im thinking about putting like 2 dozen red wigglers in my large 20gallon banana pot...would this be beneficial like a little added nutrients (worm vermicompost) and maybe they might even eat some of the micro-scopic bugs (hopefully i have none though)...or would it be harmful to the banana plant...by effecting the roots or what-ever??
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Old 10-14-2009, 01:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks for posting this! I had the same exact question a week or so ago...but forgot to post it. I know work castings are good for compost/fertilizer and the worms would also create air passages to increase drainage and air flow to the roots. To me, it sounds like a win-win situation...just waiting to see what the more experienced people say about it.
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For me, that souds more like all-food-for-worms situation. But as U say its wait to see what would someone with worm expirience say.
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Be sure to utilize the search function in the toolbar. You're sure to find a lot of information/answers from previous threads.
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2lb will be a lot of worms of a 20 gal pot with a full size plant. Red worms do not live in a dirt medium they want to come up and go into a compost / manure / kitchen scraps. They are looking for food at all times and 2 lb of worms could end up eating 1lb or food or more a week.

This will work but your worms will really need some where to go if it gets too hot / cold for them are they will crawl out of you pot looking for food.

I use fresh castings in my potting soil so I have baby worms and cocoon's in my pots. So I keep a layer or horse manure on top of pots like it was a mulch to help feed the worms in there.

I would only put a hand full of worms in the pot with your banana plant, and keep the pot feed well.
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Robby wrote 2 dozen worms, not 2 lbs., a few hundred should do fine as long as they were fed on a regular basis.
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I find worms in my containers when I transplant them. I guess they are eating the organic matter that I plant with. I don't worry about feeding them though, if they want more food they can always climb out and go find some in the garden!
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Robby wrote 2 dozen worms, not 2 lbs., a few hundred should do fine as long as they were fed on a regular basis.
LoL, my mistake. I am just use to worms being measured in Lbs. So yeah 2 dozen worms will be just fine. Make sure you soil has lots of organic matter mixed into it.
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One thing to remember is that if you put worms into your pots, you will have to feed them too. Roots are very aggressive and can very quickly overgrow the pot, thus making it very unpleasant for worms.
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If the health of your plant becomes compromized, and has any rotten portions from too much water, there is a good chance the worms will eat the corm. I find plenty of them feasting on spent in-ground corms.
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If the health of your plant becomes compromized, and has any rotten portions from too much water, there is a good chance the worms will eat the corm. I find plenty of them feasting on spent in-ground corms.
This should be beneficial. The worms have no chewing mouth parts and just scoop up their food. On a rotten bit like that, they would be scooping up the bacterial sludge, and keeping their numbers down while aerating the whole mess. This is akin to maggots being used to clean wounds that have become septic.
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Yeah, as with maggots, the worms would not be eating the living tissue....only the necrotic portions, thus, cleaning the area up.
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Try putting some dry(dead) leaves on top of the soil.Maple,Oak etc.
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