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Old 06-07-2010, 03:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hi gang: Has anyone used Jobes fruit tree spikes for bananas? They have a 10-15-15 ratio. I dont want to kill my bananas but would like to fertilize them. I usually just water them with miracle grow. Thanks
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Old 06-07-2010, 04:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Good Question.. Sometimes I use them for small pups. I still have a couple packs in my office. :^)
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I use fruit tree fertilizer made by Fertilome. I havent used the spikes but I would think they would work well. They are slow release so if you want faster growth you might be better off with a water soluable fertilizer. I fertilize weekly, sometimes more often. I alternate organic fertilizer (dried checken manure), granular fruit tree fertilizer and water soluable banana fuel. It seems to work well for me. My Basjoos were 15 feet tall at the end of the growing season last fall. One is already 10 feet, way ahead of this time last year. It helps that we had an early spring and warmer than normal temps this spring.
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I use fruit tree fertilizer made by Fertilome. I havent used the spikes but I would think they would work well. They are slow release so if you want faster growth you might be better off with a water soluable fertilizer. I fertilize weekly, sometimes more often. I alternate organic fertilizer (dried checken manure), granular fruit tree fertilizer and water soluable banana fuel. It seems to work well for me. My Basjoos were 15 feet tall at the end of the growing season last fall. One is already 10 feet, way ahead of this time last year. It helps that we had an early spring and warmer than normal temps this spring.
Jeremy: What is Banana fuel and where did you by it? thanks
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You can buy it on ebay, just search for banana fertilizer. Its made my Wellspring gardens. It comes in 2 lbs bags, you mix it with water. One 2lb bag last me about a month. I need to order more myself.
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Or here
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I was getting it from Wellspring before, but now I need more than a 1 or 3lb bag. You can buy 25lb for a much better price.
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So which kind to get, Subtropical or Ornamental version?
I got mostly Basjoo and Chinese Yellow but also 5 fruiting variants. Wont all do good with the Subtropical stuff since I live in Texas?
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I got 100 lbs from Richard :^) I can see the difference from last year.. Much better this year. :^)
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I got mostly Basjoo and Chinese Yellow but also 5 fruiting variants. Wont all do good with the Subtropical stuff since I live in Texas?
If you're only buying one, get the 20-5-30. Otherwise consider a 5-lb bag of 28-8-18 and 25-lb bag of 20-5-30.
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I make an annual purchase from Richard (above).
Properly priced, cheaper than wellspring and super fast priority shipping to your doorstep.
Richard has a post in here somewhere breaking down the costs for producing fertilizers. If you can find it, you may better understand his super low prices.
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How many plants does a 5lb bag cover and for how long? What is the dosage you give them?

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How many plants does a 5lb bag cover and for how long? What is the dosage you give them?
I mix it up in my 15 gallon sprayer according to the instructions.. It definately goes a long way in the 25lb version for me. :^)
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Each of my plants gets 1 heaping tablespoon mixed into 1 gallon of water each Sunday.
Maybe that will help.
I go through a 25lb bag each year-approx 12 plants.
Zone 10 = long growing season.
I only seperate excessive pups that are leaving my property.
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Here's the thread where I posted dosages: Water Soluble Banana Fuel Dosages

One pound of 20-5-30 is about 1.7 cups.
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Right now the Bananas are growing fast, so I have been giving them 3/4 cup mixed into 5 gallon of water spread around the root base / drip line.
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