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Old 04-10-2020, 03:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Help with soil solution

Hello guys!
Bought my first banana plant, it was mentioned as Dwarf Cavendish.
It was in a quite tight container so i had to replant it asap.
As I had 0 exp with bananas, I red somewhere that "universal soil" should be good. But seems like it's not as I'm reading now...

What I have: banana plant in in a pot under HPS lamp + additional CFL in a soil "Compo sana Universal" which is mostly peat I think. It feels very soft, lush and well ventilated, and doesn't feels dry even when it's actually dry :-/ Also it becomes quite dense after watering, so I'm loosening it up after watering with a wood stick.
Banana is alive and looks happy as never before. It came to me with huge lower leaves and very small and "stuck" 6 youngest leaves. After 1 month new leaves in my pot increasing in size steadily and growing longer stems, which is a great sign.

BUT! Do I need to do anything with my soil which might not be too loose for banana? I don't want him to get root rot Maybe I have to extract it to add some sand? Or leave it be as long as it's happy?

Also, would appreciate advice about fertilizing. Using 1.4-1.0-2.0 plus 0.6Ca and 0.5Mg organic liquid fertilizer for palms each week. Sometimes I'm using wood ash mixed with water instead of this fert (1 big spoon of ash for 1 litre of boiling water and leaving it in a warm place for a week).
Is it OK, or I should change my plan???
Is it ok?
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Old 08-16-2020, 06:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello guys!
Bought my first banana plant, it was mentioned as Dwarf Cavendish.
It was in a quite tight container so i had to replant it asap.
As I had 0 exp with bananas, I red somewhere that "universal soil" should be good. But seems like it's not as I'm reading now...

What I have: banana plant in in a pot under HPS lamp + additional CFL in a soil "Compo sana Universal" which is mostly peat I think. It feels very soft, lush and well ventilated, and doesn't feels dry even when it's actually dry :-/ Also it becomes quite dense after watering, so I'm loosening it up after watering with a wood stick.
Banana is alive and looks happy as never before. It came to me with huge lower leaves and very small and "stuck" 6 youngest leaves. After 1 month new leaves in my pot increasing in size steadily and growing longer stems, which is a great sign.

BUT! Do I need to do anything with my soil which might not be too loose for banana? I don't want him to get root rot Maybe I have to extract it to add some sand? Or leave it be as long as it's happy?

Also, would appreciate advice about fertilizing. Using 1.4-1.0-2.0 plus 0.6Ca and 0.5Mg organic liquid fertilizer for palms each week. Sometimes I'm using wood ash mixed with water instead of this fert (1 big spoon of ash for 1 litre of boiling water and leaving it in a warm place for a week).
Is it OK, or I should change my plan???
Is it ok?
Sounds like a great detailed plan...

Me ..... a granular 19-19-19- or a Miracle grow type soluble with some great soilless mix seems to work so far.
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