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Old 11-18-2009, 08:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Joy If not perfect...the best soil mix

Is there anybody out there so kind to suggest me the best soil mix for a Brazilian Banana Prata corm to be planted in a pot?

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I would put some expanded clay at the bottom of the vase. Then, I would mix some expanded clay also with the soil. I also would ad some peat (although I dopn't have any available at the moment)...

PLEASE HELP MEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

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Old 11-18-2009, 09:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Pure peat moss, pearlite added -- good drain -- good growth
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Old 11-18-2009, 09:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Thanks Tony!
Isn't pearlite and expanded clay very similar?
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I don't know first hand but I found this.


There are a number of materials that can be used in place of perlite for many of its applications. These materials (such as diatomite, pumice, expanded clay and shale, etc.) may be used in place of perlite without losing any of the benefits that perlite provides. Despite the lack of detailed information about world perlite production, there appears to be an abundant supply of perlite that will last many decades into the future.
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Thanks Tony! You are great!
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I use the following soil mix for all my bananas and palms: 1 large bag of sta-green potting mix, 1 bag fine pine bark mulch, 1 small bag of peat moss, 1 bag of sand (paver sand works well), 1/2 bag of pea gravel, 4 cups of Kelp meal, 2 lbs of esponia plant tone, and mix in about 25% of the native soil (which is clay here in St Louis). I dig the planting hole 2 feet deep and 3 feet wide and put some pea gravel in the bottom of the planting hole. I also have all my plants in raised beds, and cover the plant with about 4 inches of fine pine bark mulch. I also use the same mix for potting mix without the clay soil. -- Jeremy
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When I make soil for myself I currently use:

2 buckets fine-grained humic compost (cooked and sifted greenery waste).
1 bucket Perlite (or Scoria -- for 20+ gallon tubs and long-term plantings).
1 bucket Horticultural Sand (this is 1/8 to 1/4 inch grain size).
1 bucket Sphagnum Peat Moss.
1 bucket Worm Castings.
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Geez guys...your replies are so detailed!
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if u need a nutrient boost for your banana i would make a compost to put on top of the soil your using and its should be dead banana leafs when u get them coffee grounds and eggshells its a pure nitro booster and solves alot of problems in the future your plant might get and if u could get pixy dust aka azomite youll be growing bananas in no time good luck italian trooper
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if u need a nutrient boost for your banana i would make a compost to put on top of the soil your using and its should be dead banana leafs when u get them coffee grounds and eggshells its a pure nitro booster and solves alot of problems in the future your plant might get and if u could get pixy dust aka azomite youll be growing bananas in no time good luck italian trooper
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I am using "Berger M-7.
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i substitute sphagum peat moss with coconut coir. it wets much easier and doesn't become mucky.
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