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Old 06-21-2014, 12:32 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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thanks for that info for sure because I was just looking at how much perilite is and oh my I would have to have quit a bit for both in those big pots ... an ughhh im beging to hate sand lol I thought It would be great for them ughhh, so I was thinking what about like a seed starter medium since it is airy and light weight ???? and a little cheaper on my pocket lol, I also read shreaded newspaper would help aerate the soil to, any ideas about these two? an thanks on my plants I usually can make just about anything I touch grow not tryin to brag but my mother was the same way, I love them dearly lol, but this basjoo has got me stumped ha ha
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wow @cinci they are huge an yea im thinking im deffinetly going to change it up for sure, I did take the rocks out yesterday and got some peat moss also ,proably going to pick up some perilite, and pine shivers this weekend and see if we cant her growing, should I do my orinioco to ya think??? since it is doing so much better or just let it be????
Hi shawndac! I enjoy reading the posts and comments at this forum. Here is my personal opinion: I have been looking at the pictures of your bananas and I think your decision is right. I would like to mention that the banana is not a tree. the corm or trunk grows underground, so it needs a lot of soil or space for its growth. When I saw your vases I had the feeling that you planted them like any other tree, i.e. too shallow. I always plant my bananas in a deep vase fill them up with lots of soil and put around the plant conditioner or mulch to retain moisture and keep the roots cool. I use cow manure as mulch, 'cause I don't consider animal manures as fertilizer and they don't hurt my plants. Happy growing, and good luck!
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)) another good opinion an they possible may be to shallow the root balls are about two in below service, I did this to ensure them from rotting but im thinking since im going to change up the soil I will be able to plant them deeper. Another question I have is there an alternative for vermiculture or perlite, im looking and noticed its kind of expensive plus I would have to order it cant seem to find it in my area, there is actually a whole forum about his issue in my town on garden web lol, has anyone used rice hulls which from what I have read are amazing,although not sure if I can get them either ,gofram, pumice, cat litter or oil absorb or demoutious earth ??? proably speled that wrong lol !!! thanks again yawl, please help I don't know what to do now!!!!!Need large bags of perlite in West Tennessee - Container Gardening Forum - GardenWeb
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You can buy a bag of Perlite at Lowe's, Home Depot, or Walmart for about $5.00... You wouldn't need half of the bag for the two Banana Plants that you have...
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Agreeing with Duckfood, you don't need more than 1 bag... Your containers seem less than 5 gal. I had to drive a decent distance to find a good deal and may have saved 20 bucks minus gas.

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)) .....may be to shallow the root balls are about two in below service....[/url]
Me no pro BUT, I wouldn't plant those young plants no deeper than 1/2 inch than they already are.... Bananas are shallow-rooted plants and should be planted level with the ground...kinda like trees. I know a couple people on the forum have tried to plant them deeper for overwintering purposes but I'm sure this slowed them to some degree and made rotting faster and pupping slower because water drains slower in deep ground/maybe faster on a mountain or planted on a mound of soil. You undoubtedly will bring them inside for winter so plant them in a mostly soilless mix so they can stay planted until next year. Only saying this because I'm in a similar zone/scenario.

Just remember after it gets below 70F come sept-oct cut (growth Will slow) slow watering and keep them mostly dry and dryer in Jan-Feb-March. Thin layer of mulch or grass clippings will help slow the top of the soil from drying out/retain moisture while it's still hot outside But, once you bring them indoors I'd remove that stuff so you can closer monitor soil dryness.
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ok thanks I looked today for perlite and couldn't fine it so I found this a seed starter mix which seems to have everything I need in it I mix 50/50 with the soil that I already had so hopefully this well help the soil it much lighter now and draining beter also thanks yawl I will surely keep all of you updated best of luck to all yawl and thanks again )

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yawl think this will b ok or hold to much water????
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yawl think this will b ok or hold to much water????
It does have a wetting agent in it so I would advise to just water lightly for a while and see how long this new soil takes to dry out, so as not to keep the bananas' feet wet. Good job on improvising when you couldn't find the material listed; sign of a true gardener
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:09 AM   #29 (permalink)
 
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thank you I have searched everywhere !!!! im guna try one more place in a different city close by at there green house and see what I can find there also, but if nothing else maybe this will help for now ))
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ok so not sure if my old nanner got jealus, because a new one came in our family (first photo on top) or if it was changing the soil up or what but look guys THE PWEEENY BASJOO IS GROWING A NEW LEAF!!!!

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ok so just a little update the seedling mix stayed way to wet almost like a soggy wet it was awful!!!! so I decided to make my own soil considering lol, I used straight cotton hull seed, and cotton hull meal I guess you would call it , its like a mix of hulls cotton and dirt so it does hold some water but draings great,we have a gin where I live and they have it in a huge pile and you can go and get as much as you want, mind you this pile is about 15 ft high and half a football field long and on the bottom is the best cause it has been there the longest and decomposing, its a rich black very loose soil, and a great fertilizer, so I mix this with some perlite I finally found at a Lowes in a different city for 5$, I think this is going to work great, even after it raining all weekend my plants soil is moist but still like fresh bag of miracle grow with a dampness not soppy soggy wet, and they seem to be doing very well ill keep yawl posted thankx guys

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Looks really good! You guys who have free resources nearby that you can just go and pick up are real blessed! *envious*
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aww thanks guy, and ya I would deffinetly say blessed for sure! but ur blessed to to live in such a beautiful place!!!
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UPDATE ok so last i was on i showed pics of my orinioco an basjoos ok so here they are today an i have to say im still dissapointed in the basjoos just pityful so if anyone has a few PUPS not culture tissue they want to sell let me know yawl thanks Instagram
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I have both Orinoco and Basjoo, and the Orinoco grows so much better. I have an Orinoco with a 8 foot pstem with 2 pups, one 4 foot, and the other 3. I have noticed the fruiting types seem to grow much better than the wild ornamentals. I am guessing because people have selected them though history for those traits. I like em so much I will just stuff em under the house in winter. I have given away all my Basjoo pups this year or I would send you one. I just mailed the last one monday. Once you get one going, they pup like crazy. Orinoco, less pups, faster growth, Basjoo lots of pups and slower, or so it seems to me.
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