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Old 08-27-2005, 09:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How do you water your bananas?

Another HOW DO topic.

I notice in some of the pictures you guys have been posting that you have what looks like drip or low pressure irrigation heads or soaker hoses.

Thought this would make an interesting discussion.

At this time, I'm just using the auto sprinkler system augmented by hand watering when there has been no rain. We just move here in April so I haven't gotten beds and such put in yet. Just throwing plants in the ground to get them growing.

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Old 08-27-2005, 10:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: How do you water your bananas?

I just stand there with the hose until they start growing.
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Old 08-27-2005, 10:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I just stand there with the hose until they start growing.

Perfect! That's what works for me too!
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Old 08-27-2005, 11:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: How do you water your bananas?

in gh i use a soaker hose.. this allows me to move on and get a deep watering, instead of kinda flowing off mound..

yard i really don't water that much until i lay down a pound of fert.
then i stand and get a tan and water..LOL
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Default Re: How do you water your bananas?

i water by hand,slow and deep..its the only way i can give required amount of water..i prefer to give what they need not to much and so forth..with auto system how do you know enough is enough???and do you fertilize with water soluble or time release??thanks for info always learning
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Default Re: How do you water your bananas?

I have my bananas on auto drip irrigation,like most everything else! I have several frequency zones to suit all plant types i am growing and types of cultivation(i.e. in ground,potted,etc). Individual drippers are adjusted to fit the water needs of the plant they are watering and everything is fine with bananas! Clogged drippers can sometimes be a problem,especially with potted or newly planted plants but generally such problems are not too often and seldom the plant dies from it.

Banana TC plantlets are watered by hand from me as needed.

During the winter,the bananas that i overwinter inside are watered by hand(with a bottle) but i cant say that overwintering them inside is the easiest thing for me as i lost many to various types of rot last winter. The odds are much better always for those i move to Pyrgos for the winter and leave totally unprotected outside,on auto drip irrigation plus a meter of rain!
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I water manually unless it hot enough to use my mister's. This will be my 1st winter where I'm not caring for small plants. :^)
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Default Re: How do you water your bananas?

I use the "momese" technique or I just throw the hose in the middle of the mat and come back in an hour.
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Default Re: How do you water your bananas?

I use to water by hand. Then I upgraded to soaker hose. The soaker hose works good, but I found that by the end of the hose pressure was low and not as much water coming out. So I had to use 3 soaker's with quick connect and ran each one for 20 - 30 min. Now I have in ground high pressure irrigation which seems to be working very well for me. Only problem I find it that the soil surface is always dry or not very wet. As I use horse manure and wood chips on the surface this does seem to slow down the composting process I would normally see with standard irrigation systems. If you have a rather larger area I would highly recommend some type of Auto watering system. You can always adjust timers very easy for your time of year and plant needs.
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I use to water by hand. Then I upgraded to soaker hose. The soaker hose works good, but I found that by the end of the hose pressure was low and not as much water coming out. So I had to use 3 soaker's with quick connect and ran each one for 20 - 30 min. Now I have in ground high pressure irrigation which seems to be working very well for me. Only problem I find it that the soil surface is always dry or not very wet. As I use horse manure and wood chips on the surface this does seem to slow down the composting process I would normally see with standard irrigation systems. If you have a rather larger area I would highly recommend some type of Auto watering system. You can always adjust timers very easy for your time of year and plant needs.
I would recommend that you cover the horse manure and wood chips with 1 or 2 inches of soil, this will retain the moisture much more effectively.

Water and roots are very important when comes to growing bananas, but these topics are rarely discussed in depth.

It is actually quite simple to mantain the optimum moisture level without using any irrigation, even with less than ideal rainfall.

I use 4' HD planting and never needed to irrigate.
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