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Old 09-26-2023, 10:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Fertilization Program and Tips to get Sword Suckers to Come up.

Yíall ever use water soluble Potash 0-0-60 to add to a fertilization program for your bananas? Iíve been trying it out with All Purpose Jackís 20-20-20 with Micronutrients water soluble fertilizer every 3 weeks. Am I over doing it?

Also, is their a trick to get a sword sucker to come up? Iím only getting water suckers with mine.
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Old 09-26-2023, 11:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Heavy fertilization does seem to simulate pupping. Water suckers seem to be somewhat random, but more prevalent on a weak or stunted parent. Each variety has it's own time to pup, some early in the parent's life cycle, and some quite late.
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Thank you!

The banana plant I’m referring to is a Dwarf Cavendish. It’s my first banana plant. I bought it from a nursery called ‘TyTy’s Plant Nursery’. I was shipped a really small water sucker but I was ignorant at the time. It’s been six months and it’s hardly a foot tall lol. I won’t be buying from them again, that’s for sure. It produced suckers very fast and continues to do so. I’ve taken out a few of them to hopefully help the mother plant grow faster.

On the other hand, I got a Raja Puri corm from a trusted banana seller and it’s growing like crazy; must’ve been a sword sucker.

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Thank you!

The banana plant Iím referring to is a Dwarf Cavendish. Itís my first banana plant. I bought it from a nursery called ĎTyTyís Plant Nurseryí. I was shipped a really small water sucker but I was ignorant at the time. Itís been six months and itís hardly a foot tall lol. I wonít be buying from them again, thatís for sure. It produced suckers very fast and continues to do so. Iíve taken out a few of them to hopefully help the mother plant grow faster.

On the other hand, I got a Raja Puri corm from a trusted banana seller and itís growing like crazy; mustíve been a sword sucker.
dwarf cavendish pups alot when they are severely stressed or about to die. if your plant is only a foot tall then this is the case. i don't think your seller is to blame. i, from reading your post, would suspect to high of nitrogen. i once gave some miracle grow to a dc in a pot and killed it, but it put out about 20 pups before dieing.

i like my raja puri and i know them to be a more foregiving plant.
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.... i once gave some miracle grow to a dc in a pot and killed it, but it put out about 20 pups before dieing.
Ahhh, this might explain what happened to my indoor cavendish....all of a sudden it just started going south and there was nothing I could determine to be the cause.....never considered they might be more sensitive to fertilizers....interesting.
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Ahhh, this might explain what happened to my indoor cavendish....all of a sudden it just started going south and there was nothing I could determine to be the cause.....never considered they might be more sensitive to fertilizers....interesting.
each variety has its own particular needs and limits. you have to be careful on how much you push them, sometimes less is better.
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each variety has its own particular needs and limits. you have to be careful on how much you push them, sometimes less is better.
You're right, less is more.
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