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Old 10-06-2022, 10:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Drummer can you give a banana to much potassium

for the last 2 years i quit fertilizing my bananas to find out if i was spending too much money on fertilizers. i found out i wasn't. it makes them more cold hardy, and makes them pup more and so on. i lost a lot of bananas by not fertilizing.

so has anybody been pouring on the potassium to see what happens?

certain varieties?
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Old 10-06-2022, 01:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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So your saying by using fertilizer in general your bananas have become more hardy. Or adding more potassium to your fertilizer has helped then bounce back after winter quicker?
My first frost normally is first week of November. But past few years it has been last week of November. I feed all mine for the last time in September and itís granular so takes awhile to dissolve.
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So your saying by using fertilizer in general your bananas have become more hardy. Or adding more potassium to your fertilizer has helped then bounce back after winter quicker?
My first frost normally is first week of November. But past few years it has been last week of November. I feed all mine for the last time in September and it’s granular so takes awhile to dissolve.
yes, frosts and freezes take out some of my bananas. but before i quit fertilizing my bananas would put out leaves in between the frosts and freezes. when i stopped fertilizing the bananas stopped putting out green leaves. especially the 2nd year/last winter. and we had a really mild winter with 0 green leaves on the bananas. also, i dont have 1 banana per mat i let them get thick. and my mats were thinning out.

i am wondering if potassium might be the key ingredient and i am wondering what happens if you give them to much. i also kno that not all bananas are not the same and should not be treated as such.
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What happens when you feed in the fall too is. Like you mentioned the plant builds up strength and put out more roots. So in turn yes it could help them. They are aggressive feeders and I have only seen slight burn or discolor in leaves from pushing to much. But they bounce out of it quick. So I would think to much potassium would do the same.
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for the last 2 years i quit fertilizing my bananas to find out if i was spending too much money on fertilizers. i found out i wasn't. it makes them more cold hardy, and makes them pup more and so on. i lost a lot of bananas by not fertilizing.

so has anybody been pouring on the potassium to see what happens?

certain varieties?
Many times excessive amounts of one given nutrient will alter uptakes of other nutrients that are vital to your plants health.

An internet search for excessive/insufficient potassium in soil /hydro setup can help explain some of the potential issues and symptoms.

I agree cost of fertilizers and related goods have risen dramatically........wait till next season.

All my plants are cold hardy ......to the first hard freeze.
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What happens when you feed in the fall too is. Like you mentioned the plant builds up strength and put out more roots. So in turn yes it could help them. They are aggressive feeders and I have only seen slight burn or discolor in leaves from pushing to much. But they bounce out of it quick. So I would think to much potassium would do the same.
i start fertilizing at the beginning of march because that is the time where i should expect no more freeze. and finish at the beginning of december because generally i will get my first freeze at the beginning of january.

the npk of banana fuel fertilizer is 16-8-24 which is about 2 1/2 times the potassium of what i give them. what i feed them with is 10-10-10 once a month. but if i fed them twice a month then i would be giving them, maybe 20-20-20. [you can correct me if i am wrong] definitely a bit too much.
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Many times excessive amounts of one given nutrient will alter uptakes of other nutrients that are vital to your plants health.

An internet search for excessive/insufficient potassium in soil /hydro setup can help explain some of the potential issues and symptoms.

I agree cost of fertilizers and related goods have risen dramatically........wait till next season.

All my plants are cold hardy ......to the first hard freeze.
richards banana fuel fertilizer has an npk of 16-8-24, that's a lot of k.

i have been doing quite a bit of research on this subject believe it or not. but i do not want to kill other peoples nanners with wild theories or suppositions. just trying to see if other people currently involved here has done anything on this subject. i am sure it is being done, feeding large amounts of potassium that is.

and yes fertilizer is going up. and lawn fertilizer is high in nitrogen and low on potassium, which is probably what one is eventually going to have to get.
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I've been using urine as a cheap fertilizer. Also my guinea pig poop and whatever hay and pellets were left over when I clean their cage. And I have some fish fertilizer that has added potassium. But I did end up buying some organic fruit tree fertilizer 10-2-8. a 4 lb bag for like 13 dollars.
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I used to use banana fuel but only one yard we had that stayed wet all the time did I notice it worked for me. Tried it at my new yard and it never did anything. Got soil areas tested, added lime down and 10-10-10 grass fertilizer and they all ran out of that so got 13-13-13. Every since I switched and added lime all my mats doubled in size and pups like they used to be. The local lab here suggested me using grass fertilizer. I also mulch heavy with free local mulch and spray any grass around my mats.

On a side note no one has ever been able to answer this. Since I mulch heavy which is great compost anyhow with a lot of stuff mixed in. How would I honestly know if Iím added enough pellet fertilizer for mine? Since the mulch could absorb some or keep it above the root zone. Donít want to scrape it away in the summer as it helps keep the roots stay cooler. Yes fertilizer has gone up not cheap anymore.
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On a side note no one has ever been able to answer this. Since I mulch heavy which is great compost anyhow with a lot of stuff mixed in. How would I honestly know if Iím added enough pellet fertilizer for mine? Since the mulch could absorb some or keep it above the root zone. Donít want to scrape it away in the summer as it helps keep the roots stay cooler. Yes fertilizer has gone up not cheap anymore.
i am not an authority on the subject but my best guess would be if your mulch has the ability to soak up water then it would soak up fertilizer. and if you're worried that your fertilizer is not making it to the roots then what about moisture?

i have that problem, most years i do not get that much rainfall. and my mulch does not breakdown fast enough to do much good, so heavy mulching for me has been rather redundant. i mulch lite and replenish as necessary.
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Was just curious. Mulch is recycled stuff so it breaks down quick not good store bought stuff. Itís not really any heavier if at all when wet come paired to dry. So I should be fine.
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so......lets narrow this question down a bit. anybody working with wood ash, charcoal?
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