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Old 09-18-2019, 12:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Blue java and mahoi https://imgur.com/gallery/NXVfXHZ
A few questions for the winter. I was growing tc plants in the garage but most didnt make it. Im left with a thin blue java and a mahoi that is struggling. Im spraying with water 3 times a day through a light mist. Balanced fertilizer. I have a few more plants on the way and dont wont to lose them. What should i change to keep the new ones alive? I plan on 5050 perlite and sandy loamsoil. Also i want to plant these in ground in the spring. When can i switch to regular watering instead of misting?
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The zebrinos that I put right out into the field are doing amazing for some reason. Also, when should I cut the pups off? They are about 1.5ft pups x2.
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The plants in the photo looks fine.


Fill the pot up. This more room for the root as well as holding more water in the soil without being too wet.


More bright sun light. But not direct sun.
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Hmm seems you have cactus soil in the frame.
Nanners love water & are heavy feeders.

Seems you’re keeping them thirsty & starved.
Balanced fertilizers aren’t the best for bananas.
The ratio they do best at in Florida Coral rock at 3 inches is 2-1-4. But my plants are doing well with 2-1-3 NPK ratios for example Fruit Fuel is 16-8-24 I tried banana fuel, 3-1-5 = 15-5-25 wasn’t impressed, with potash and minors from time to time.
Consider a richer soil and water thoroughly at least once a week. Bananas in the ground require one inch of water per week.
I water my potted bananas until water flows out the bottom.
Mist in between watering when temps are high.
Bottom line feed and water them give them good composted soil throw in some perlite maybe an inch worth and mix well.

Try some good organic compost potting mix. It already has the perlite in it.
I would post a pic but I threw away my empty bag last week.

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I havent been able to water the soil on these plants because the last time i did it rotted the base of the plants through nultiple layers of foliage. Im surprised it survived. Thats why i have been using the cactus soil on these because im afraid it will rot again at the base.
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When you say TC plants, what do you mean? All the TC plants we have got come in nice sealed baggies, open them and WASH THOROUGHLY all the gunk (agar) off them, then we plant in a regular peat potting soil (promix with Mycorrhizae), keep in shade for a couple of weeks or so (based on how they look/start growing), then into half day sun (if look sad, less sun or even back to shade), then full sun - lost none except for damaged ones which is easy as they are very fragile in the baggies. We were given a couple of TC plants we guess which came in tiny cubes of peat (someone on this site said they were TC). We planted those likewise in promix with mycorrhizae. did great.
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I wish it was that easy for me. We lost seven plants this year to various issues. Half would develop spots from too much sunlight and the other half developed the rot at the base from overwatering? Tissue Culture plants don't have the corm built up for whatever reason so they need more babying from the start if I am correct. These new plants that I get in I will try a higher amount of perlite so I can maybe try to water the soil instead of just a mist on the leaves. I think I need to also invest in a ph reader so I can see if maybe they are dying because of ph... We also have a bunch of grass hopers in e texas that eat these leaves like crazy so that has been a big issue for the bananas I have out in the field right now.
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