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Old 11-17-2010, 07:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hey everyone! This is my first post here, and I am really excited about my new Super Dwarf Cavendish plant that is on its way very soon. I am hoping to soak up all your wisdom and give my plant a happy life that rewards me with bananas

I will try to record the progress of my new plant and the system I've got going on when I finally get the plant.

My question for you experts out there: Is a 12" self-watering pot a good or bad idea?
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I'd say for indoors a bad idea, unless you're a chronic underwaterer. Outdoors, a good thing as long as you don't water it too much in the spring or fall when it's not needed.
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Seems I read somewhere that you have to be careful as salts and other things will build up in the water basin. Then if you don't water the plant and it needs water it will pull from the reservoir and get a drink of concentrated minerals, salts and fertilizer which could be detrimental to the plant.
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I'm growing my super dwarf cavendish indoors too...





I transplanted it to a bigger pot and it's just recently sent up two pups for me.


Personally, I wouldn't go for the self-watering pot but that's only my opinion. I'd just get a regular pot with some excellent drainage.


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I've been growing one indoors at church for a year or so. It's been really easy inside a large plate glass window. We have a bordelon there too that we've been growing for about 2 years now. It keeps on getting too tall and I have to chop it down from time to time. The first time everyone just went crazy when I chopped it. The second time the minister took the leaves home and made a pork roast. He has a standing order for next time now!
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Way cool HollyBerry Lady!!! We can compare notes as we're going here! Just for my reference, what size pot is that currently in your pic? My plant still has not come yet, but in all fairness I only ordered it 2 days ago

Thank you everyone for your quick feedback!! I'm still tempted to try the self-watering container, but you guys make it really difficult because I know you are all more wise than me and I probably shouldn't Is there a way to tell your plant is being over-watered physically?
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Yes Bluegreeneree, we can compare notes for sure!

Mine was in a 8-10" pot but now it's in a 3 gallon pot in my south window.

You know, if you really feel strongly about using the self-watering container, then I say go for it! Sometimes we just have to experience things for ourselves to see what works best for us. Plus too, what works well for one gardener, may not be successful for another. Experiment, and see how things go.

Also, if the pot doesn't work out for you after all, you can always transplant the banana plant later. Good Luck.

I'll show my two new pups and a more recent shot of my SDC soon...


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Great first choice for a first as well as potted banana plant! Unlike some who tend to "Bonsai" their plants in smallish containers I like to move them up rapidly in pot size to allow for improved root and corm development almost as if they were in the ground. . I don't like the self watering pots and tend like the others to maintain a well drained soil mix. With attention you'll get a feel for what the plant likes in relation to watering in relation to temperature/pot size etc. Here's mine that I expect to flower next year for sure in a 25 gallon container after I had removed 7 or 8 smaller pups just keeping the one biggest to replace the mother plant while keeping the entire corm when the time comes. This plant is just over 1 year old from a tiny starter plant.
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If you can put it in a 25-50 gallon nursery pot with a high quality potting soil that will help lots! Yes you could put it in a smaller pot but I am always thinking of producing fruit...so the more leg room the better...Placing it in a location where it gets good amounts of sunlight helps too. I found spider mites can be a problem so you need to keep an eye out for those critters...

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Hi everyone!

Thank you all for your positivity, feedback, and advice!! Today is a great day, and I am really excited, because I GOT MY SUPER DWARF CAVENDISH BABY TODAY!

I'm going to be real honest. This is my first non-cactus plant, so we'll see how it goes! Right now, I have it in a 10-inch pot with cactus/citrus potting soil. I have some organic fruit and citrus fertilizer, apply now vs apply later? Any thoughts?

Plant standing about 10" in the picture. 2 out of 3 leaves in pretty good shape. Third leaf slightly damaged.

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Congrats on your great new plant, Bluegreeneree!


It's looks good and I like the nice big pot you've got it in too. I can see why you're happy and excited.


I like to get my banana plants, and all my plants actually, on a consistent feeding schedule right away, even if just a mild solution while they are young. It's easy to over-fertilize though, especially if you're new to it...so remember that less is more.


I like to keep my banana plants showered regularily as well, to keep mites away and it works well for me. Weekly trips to the bathtub and hard sprays of water have sent the mites packing for good.


I'll show shots of my two SDC pups in the morning...


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HollyBerry Lady,

Thank you for all your great advice! I'm really looking forward to seeing your pup pants! Your plant is so beautiful, I can't wait for mine to grow. I checked the height this morning and it grew one inch from last night! yowza! About when did your pup first appear?

I went ahead and put some organic fruit and citrus fertilizer on top, and watered it a good amount (maybe a liter). What's good for watering amounts? Also, I have a moisture meter, am I shooting for the green zone basically?

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Kevin, I'm betting since you're using a citrus/fruit fertilizer that maybe it's the espoma organic Citrus/ Avocado blend. I've used that one and its great but now tend to favor the regular Espoma tomato fertilizer and have had pretty good success with getting my mature plants to flower this year with it. It has a little better ratio of N-P-K for bananas. Just realize that its a slow release as opposed to chemical ferts and works gradually over time.

Forget the moisture meter! The more inexpensive ones are notoriously unreliable. Just water very well when you do and when the pot dries to about 2" down water it agin very well. I use my finger if in doubt. It shouldn't need excessive watering indoors over winter in a pot but if you choose to plant it inground or in a larger container next summer it will require a lot more to keep it healthy and growing well.
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Great advice, Bob!


Here are my two pups this morning...





They're just young yet, and only popped up within the last week or so, but I expect to see even more shortly...


Bob sent me the plant several months back, in later Spring, as a pup and it's already producing it's own offspring! I'm kind of surprised because banana plants I've had three times as long have yet to send up any!


I fertilize my plant weekly though with a heavy blooming water-soluble organic solution and it's in an extremely bright south-facing window.


I guess every gardener has their own way of determining when their plant pots are in need of water. I've always judged by the weight of the pot and can tell if it's heavy with water still or in need of some more.


I agree with Bob that they don't need a whole ton of water over winter. As long as your soil is very well-draining and your pot has good drainage holes, you won't have any worries at all.


Thanks for the compliments about my plant, Bluegreeneree. I really hope it will produce a flower for me someday. I am totally encouraging it to, so we'll see...


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Hi Bob,

Thanks for stopping by and offering your 2 cents. Very valuable to a simpleton like me Your tree is so cool!!! These trees are beautiful!

Just so you know, my fertilizer is Jobe's Organics Fruit and Citrus. It's a new type of fertilizer that uses Archaea, so the claim is on the package The Ratio is 3:5:5. It says to only use the fertilizer in early fall, late winter and late spring. So that's what my knowledge is limited to, so I appreciate you telling me what you use, I will probably look into it after I go through this 4 pound bag.

Holly Berry Lady,

Awww! Those pups are so cute!!! I cannot wait to get some pups, I've already been talking them up to my friends, and now they all want a banana tree. Who doesn't want a banana tree?

Surprised that you fertilize so frequently, once a week sounds like a lot. If you say so...

Great that there is such a generous, open community here willing to exchange plants and wisdom! Very glad I joined this site; know I'll be sticking around.

Thanks again and keep me updated on your plants, too!
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I fertilize my plants with a light to medium solution once a week, over the Spring, Summer, and Autumn months, but sometimes I cut back to once every 2 weeks over the winter, using a lighter solution...keeping in mind that my plants are actively growing, even over the cold months, and they aren't dormant.

I am huge into feeding my plants and keeping them well nourished, so I promote regular fertilizing, and getting plants started on fertilizer especially when they are young and just starting out.


Good luck with your plant, Kevin. I bet you'll have pups in no time!


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How come you guys all have distance between the leaves and the ground. Mine tends to only have 5 inches or so between the bottom leaf and the dirt.

My mistake. I just took a closer look. I do have a bit of a gap.



bluegreeneree, this is what your plant will look like in 9 months Mine was about the size yours is in march.
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It's because that's how I want mine to look and I've removed the lower leaves. It also makes more room in my window for other plants but mostly it because I like the look of it.


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tbaleno,

Thanks for stopping by and showing your pic of your beautiful SDC! Yours looks really lush and healthy, good job! What is the approximate height of your plant after 9 months?

HollyBerry Lady,

You grow holly berries I take it? Can you tell me more about this plant i.e. why you like it, etc? I have never even heard of a holly berry!!??


My 4th leaf is almost fully emerged! I think my plant is going to make it!!! yay!
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Well Kevin, the following thread will tell you all about why I love Hollies so much...


Thank you Hollyberrylady!!!!


It would be more appropriate to discuss Hollyberry bushes there, since this thread is about
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There's lots of shots for you to see, which will leave no doubt in your mind as to why I'm crazy about them!

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