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Old 06-15-2020, 07:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Does anyone have an experience or success with using a larger self watering planter, such as Lechuza and so on? Were there any complications that arose from potting one in such a planter?
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Default Re: Self Watering Containers

Banana plant roots need air! So when the pot soil mix is course & fast draining, as needed by the plants, the soil will not have the capillary ability to draw water up from the bottom of the pot. The water collecting in the pot bottom will become stagnate and promote root rot when the roots grow into it. This also explains the need for potting soil of bananas to become dry or near dry between watering's. ... The banana corm and pstem store a large amount of water for survival during drought.


So use a pot with drain holes and a very fast draining soil mix; and do not let the pot sit in the excess water drained into the saucer. Do not use a lot of peat or water absorbing additives in the potting mix. Banana plants need fresh water!
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