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Old 07-29-2015, 02:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone know if Miracle gro potting mix is good and well draining for bananas? thks
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Old 07-29-2015, 05:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I personally don't like it. I use a mix of peat moss ,black earth, coarse sand, manure ( chicken, cow and sheep) and coconut fiber. It works for me. Not sure of proportion though, I go by the eye. Coarse sand is very important. And I put 3/4 inch gravel at the bottom of the container. It helps for drainage and the pot stands up when windy. Hope it helps...
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Howdy, Gordon.

In my experience, general-purpose potting mixes--regardless of manufacture--are too heavy of a soil for healthy, rapid growth here in south-central Florida. To your climate and growing conditions I can't necessarily speak. But I would encourage you to use a growing medium--or modify an existing one--that encourages better root aeration.

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The only type of miracle gro mix I use is the cactus mix for other things. I don't like their stuff cause it always has moisture control added to their mixes it seems. I use promix 2 and add perlite to it for little better drainage.its a solid mix for me. little more expensive but I like it better then most mixes.
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Promix is nice but even better if you mix it with a bit of compost and coarse sand... Just sayin'. But still, I prefer it to miracle grow.
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