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Old 05-14-2017, 05:17 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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When you spray, is the idea just to coat the leaves or what?
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When you spray, is the idea just to coat the leaves or what?
Yes ...
If the spray dries before being absorbed, it will dissolve the next
time the leaves become wet (dew, rain, watering). If any drips to the ground, in time it will be picked up by the roots.
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Brah...check out some of these web pages...the exact information applies to your plants.
Techniques and plant response are similar just the plants are different.
Youtube offers some good takeaways also.

Indoor guidelines are exactly the same.Foliar Feeding Marijuana Plants
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Alright, I sprayed them all last evening with 1/4 tsp of Banana Fuel in 1 gal of water. I coated the leaves and a little on the pstems. Fingers crossed!

I watched many youtube videos that showed before and after effect of foliar spraying and it really seems to give them a huge boost. Why aren't more folks on this forum doing this?

Only question I have is why do people make a special mix for foliar spraying when they can use the water soluble fertilizer they already use?

I'll post the results as soon as I notice any.
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I wanted to share a 48 hour update on the foliar spray application that I put on my tall Orinoco and other cultivars.

It seemed to have worked and all of the banana plants that I sprayed are looking noticeably stronger just 24-48 hours after the foliar feeding. To be honest, I did not think this would really work at all since you do not hear of too many people on this forum doing it. When I got home from work the day after the foliar feeding, I thought I would find brown leaves on all my bananas from the foliar spray and the 90 degree full sun heat we had. I was wrong and I was rather surprised by the results.

I suspected my tall Orinoco was having a slight issue so I used it as my main test sample. In the pics below you will see a tear in the leaf farthest on the left. That tear had about an inch+ of yellowing all around it and after the foliar feeding, the yellow went away within 24-48 hours.

I failed to take a before pic of this tear that had yellowing around it because I didn't know it would turn the yellow green again. (pic was taken from on top of my deck and I had to zoom in - sorry it is slightly blurry)




I also noticed the robustness of the new cigar leaves on every banana plant I foliar fed. The new leaves on my edible varieties were popping out pretty thin in diameter before but I thought it was just the variety or whatever (I'm not an expert or a banana botanist lol). After the foliar feeding, every single one of them popped new cigar leaves immediately and they are all very noticeably more robust. Much more of the cigar leaf popped out faster than before as well.

The color of the leaves are a little more vibrant too.

I can't 100% tell you if it was the foliar spray that made these results or if it was something rather coincidental with the stage of growth, weather, roots breaking through native soil, or something else. I'm not an expert and have a fraction of experience as most on this forum but from my observations after spraying, I will be foliar feeding all my banana varieties every 2-3 weeks in addition to fertilized soil drenching from now on.

Many thanks to edwmax for the guidance on this and also Tytaylor77, cincinnana, and beam2050.
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Default Re: Orinoco Leaves Normal?

Thanks for the verification of the technique. ... Did the folar spray help 100%? May be -May not; but I'm sure it helped some .... . My best comparison would be the old Grandmother giving a sick child some 'chicken soup'. It may not have cured the cold, but it sure as hell didn't hurt.

At the top of this thread, I didn't just jump in with instructions of things to do. Because some activities could cause more harm than good (more fertilize or water); more detail was needed.

As pointed out (by other posters) your main problem was most likely transplant shock & weak pstem from being inside for the winter. IMO, folar spraying of water & fertilizer is the best treatment for this condition until the roots can acclimate to ground conditions and to minimize further stress to the plant.

You made a little green friend for life ... welcome to the banana Jungle!
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