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Old 07-23-2009, 10:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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How do we exactly really know when its time to repot our plants. My banana's are still growing happy and sending out new leaves. There are no roots coming out of the base of the pots. I figure if all that is good then repotting is not needed yet. Just wondering as I have (off topic) a large 10ft cactus. Not sure what type but have had it for 8 years or more in the same pot! It still keeps flowering and growing,and have had to cut it down a couple times since it reached the ceiling. Where as some plants that don't look like they need repotted and you do anyhow they will all of a sudden send out new growth. But that also has to do with maybe the soil being really old in the pot. Thanks
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Old 07-23-2009, 10:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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howdy,
i am growing my bananas indoors as well. in my experience, they seem to be able to grow quite well without changing to a larger pot very often. i usually change the pot size if i see roots growing out the bottom hole, but even then, they were still growing well.

i just ordered some 20 gallon smart pots. i am growing the plants in coco, rockwool and hydroton growing media. i figured with this combination along with the nutrients i feed them, i will not have to have a gigantic pot to grow them to maturity. this is just a guess though and i will just see what happens as they grow.
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I know that roots of a cactus are not the same as other plants. Cacti do not need as much water to survive. Look at the annual rainfall of the Sonoran Desert.
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Thanks these are all outdoors. Yes but you would be suprised how much cacti like being watered though. I water mine once every 1-2 weeks and never had a issue. Watered them less one year and they barely flowered.
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I know that roots of a cactus are not the same as other plants. Cacti do not need as much water to survive. Look at the annual rainfall of the Sonoran Desert.
O.K., desert cacti are common -- but also rainforest cacti and plenty of others in all climates in between! For example, check out Hylocereus and the rain fall of Yucatan province, Mexico.
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I was referring to the root structure of the Cactaceae family compared to the Musa. Is that okay Teach?

My rule of thumb, which might not be accurate for banana, is one gallon per month of growth for the duration of its lifespan. This is good for annual and few perennials when started from a seed or sprout.
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Yeah, that's o.k.! I was referring to water requirements.
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