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Old 05-09-2010, 12:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Old 05-09-2010, 01:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Depends on what your using it for :^)
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I like a good slow release 10-10-10. Manure is great as well.

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i usually rely on black kow compost, home made compost and organic liquid fertilizers like fish emulsion however i purchased a huge bag of granular fertilizer during my visit to going-bananas. i only use it during our rainy season which is staring now. its Potash biased (the last number) so to answer your question both fertilizers being equal use the second one with the higher last number balance
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24-8-16 would be good for citrus. For my nanas I use 15-5-30 from Tropical Delights.
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24-8-16 would be good for citrus. For my nanas I use 15-5-30 from Tropical Delights.
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Jeff, it used to say "banana fuel" on the bag but it's same stuff made by Tropical Delights. I guess other ppl/places are calling their fert 'banana fuel' too. I've been getting it thru wellspring gardens. Good stuff & you don't need much.
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Cheap 16-16-16, 15-15-15, 13-13-13 works perfectly well.
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all i have is 24-8-16 and 18-18-21 for bananas, which one has better effects???
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all i have is 24-8-16 and 18-18-21 for bananas, which one has better effects???
24-8-16 is a good ratio for Citrus and ornamental bananas. 18-18-21 is a common formula for fruiting vegetables - especially tomatoes and is an o.k. choice for fruiting bananas.
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Default Re: which fertilizer is better?

If you live near the ocean you can collect seaweed, rinse it with fresh water and mound it around your plants. Seaweed is rich in minors and is an excellent fertilizer. The native americans also used to bury fish remains and let it compost into the soil.
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wow, thats really neat! ill try and go collect some lol
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there's plenty of kelp, irish moss, etc that wash up that's free. I'd suggest getting a couple 5 gallon pails with lids to keep the marine scent out of your car.
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Jeff, it used to say "banana fuel" on the bag but it's same stuff made by Tropical Delights. I guess other ppl/places are calling their fert 'banana fuel' too. I've been getting it thru wellspring gardens. Good stuff & you don't need much.
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Patty, Thats is what I used last year was wellsprings, It is good stuff. I didn't realize they changed the name. Thanks
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I use Gro-Well 28-8-18, and have had good success with it for my bananas and palms. Richard carries it at PlantsThatProduce.com.
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Of the two you listed, the 24-8-16 would be better--if you are using it on bananas. Bananas need N and K much more than P. Excess P can lock up minerals and often contributes to pollution in freshwater systems.
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Old 05-10-2010, 08:52 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I use Gro-Well 28-8-18, and have had good success with it for my bananas and palms. Richard carries it at PlantsThatProduce.com.
I hear yah Howard... I got the banana fuels that start with 15 and 20 and the high potash. I think its 30. I used to buy fertilome with the high middle number for my roses. For what I buy 6 lbs of that stuff + tax locally I can get 25 from Richard and its like getting 18lbs free (more beer $$) & it pays for the shipping. I don't have to worry about running to the store anytime soon.. lol :^) My Roses have numerous blooms and look better than they ever have, so the wife's happy therefore I'm good to hook. :^)
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I use Gro-Well 28-8-18, and have had good success with it for my bananas and palms. Richard carries it at PlantsThatProduce.com.
I get mine from Richard too!
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I have also been using the grow-more for bananas for about a year.

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Jeff, it used to say "banana fuel" on the bag but it's same stuff made by Tropical Delights. I guess other ppl/places are calling their fert 'banana fuel' too.
The Tropical Delights Brand 15-5-30 "Banana Fuel" and the Grow More Brand 15-5-30 "Banana Fuel" are the same water-soluble fertilizer. As far as I can tell, the only difference is the price. It appears that the Tropical Delights Brand is simply the 25-lb bag Grow More 15-5-30 repacked in smaller bags.
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