Bananas.org

Welcome to the Bananas.org forums.

You're currently viewing our message boards as a guest which gives you limited access to participate in discussions and access our other features such as our wiki and photo gallery. By joining our community, you'll have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload photos, and access many other special features. Registration is fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.

Go Back   Bananas.org > Banana Forum > Banana Plant Soil, Additives, and Fertilizer
The Facebook Platform
Register Photo Gallery Classifieds Wiki Chat Map Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Banana Plant Soil, Additives, and Fertilizer This forum is an area where you may discuss the soil to grow banana plants in, as well as soil additives such as teas, composts, manures, fertilizers and related topics.


Members currently in the chatroom: 0
The most chatters online in one day was 17, 09-06-2009.
No one is currently using the chat.

Reply   Email this Page Email this Page
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 10-08-2010, 05:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
blownz281's Avatar
 
Location: Coastal NC
Zone: 8b coastal
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 1,247
BananaBucks : 263,945
Feedback: 6 / 100%
Said "Thanks" 366 Times
Was Thanked 609 Times in 430 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 14 Times
Default Looking for indoor soil?

I need some thoughts on bags of indoor potting soil people have used. Looking for something bug free. Bringing my nanners inside this year to overwinter in pots. Brought nanners inside over the winter last year and tiny bugs called springtails were crawling all over. So want something bug free if possible. Thanks
blownz281 is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To blownz281

Join Bananas.org Today!

Are you a banana plant enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Bananas.org is owned and operated by fellow banana plant enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information. Receive all three issues from Volume 1 of Bananas Magazine with your membership:
   

Join Bananas.org Today! - Click Here


Sponsors

Old 10-08-2010, 05:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 15,161
BananaBucks : 1,124,707
Feedback: 1 / 100%
Said "Thanks" 12,042 Times
Was Thanked 11,325 Times in 5,310 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 102 Times
Thumbs up Re: Looking for indoor soil?

Go to an actual greenhouse nursery and ask for a bag of STERILE soil-less mix...this will solve your soil pest problems and banana plants grow excellent in it.


I use Sunshine Pro-Mix #4 and #1.


Never cheap-out when it comes to soil...it can make or break your plants.



: )
The Hollyberry Lady is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To The Hollyberry Lady
Old 10-08-2010, 05:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
blownz281's Avatar
 
Location: Coastal NC
Zone: 8b coastal
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 1,247
BananaBucks : 263,945
Feedback: 6 / 100%
Said "Thanks" 366 Times
Was Thanked 609 Times in 430 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 14 Times
Default Re: Looking for indoor soil?

SO no home cheapo or Blowes? I always used peters or MG cactus soils for years and loved them. For the cactus and dry climate types. Thought maybe there might be something decent there?
blownz281 is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To blownz281
Old 10-08-2010, 06:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 15,161
BananaBucks : 1,124,707
Feedback: 1 / 100%
Said "Thanks" 12,042 Times
Was Thanked 11,325 Times in 5,310 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 102 Times
Smile Re: Looking for indoor soil?

Miracle Grow soil is loaded with pests and their eggs but cacti aren't especially prone to bug problems so you may not have noticed.


I always recommend sterile soil to all indoor growers as it can be a true disaster and failure otherwise...most especially with the types of plants I tend to grow...edibles and flowers.


Cheap soils never pay.


: )
The Hollyberry Lady is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To The Hollyberry Lady
Old 10-08-2010, 06:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
blownz281's Avatar
 
Location: Coastal NC
Zone: 8b coastal
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 1,247
BananaBucks : 263,945
Feedback: 6 / 100%
Said "Thanks" 366 Times
Was Thanked 609 Times in 430 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 14 Times
Default Re: Looking for indoor soil?

Alright. good to know. Thanks for the help!
blownz281 is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To blownz281
Sponsors

Old 10-08-2010, 11:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
tropical nut
 
Zone: 5
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 3,115
BananaBucks : 277,830
Feedback: 1 / 100%
Said "Thanks" 2,946 Times
Was Thanked 2,508 Times in 1,201 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 69 Times
Default Re: Looking for indoor soil?

I always liked MG potting mix w/ added perlite. I didn't know of any bugs or eggs in it before. I thought bugs got in thru drain holes when put outside, so now I put pieces of screen at holes in hopes of keeping bugs out.
Sometimes I sterilize my own soil by baking it at about 400f in the oven in large roasting pans, for about 20-30 minutes. It really STINKS so be ready LOL.
__________________
Got a lite?
Patty




____
Patty in Wisc has sadly passed away 9/05/11. We will miss you Patty.
Patty in Wisc is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To Patty in Wisc
Old 10-09-2010, 07:33 AM   #7 (permalink)
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 15,161
BananaBucks : 1,124,707
Feedback: 1 / 100%
Said "Thanks" 12,042 Times
Was Thanked 11,325 Times in 5,310 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 102 Times
Smile Re: Looking for indoor soil?

Any soil that is not sterile unfortunately, has bugs and their eggs present....and miracle grow soil is one of the worst.

I use it only for outdoor plants where beneficial insects can keep things in check. If you're not growing plants that are prone to pests though, you may not notice any bothersome damage.

Indoor growers who are concerned about their plants being attacked by pests should bother to put out for a good clean sterile soil...especially if you're growing edibles inside.


: )
The Hollyberry Lady is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To The Hollyberry Lady
Old 10-09-2010, 08:02 AM   #8 (permalink)
 
xavierdlc61887's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 832
BananaBucks : 450
Feedback: 19 / 100%
Said "Thanks" 223 Times
Was Thanked 303 Times in 162 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 100 Times
Default Re: Looking for indoor soil?

i think if your worried about bugs and eggs being in your soil then you should either grow in hydroponics or not at all :P
xavierdlc61887 is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To xavierdlc61887
Old 10-09-2010, 08:35 AM   #9 (permalink)
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 15,161
BananaBucks : 1,124,707
Feedback: 1 / 100%
Said "Thanks" 12,042 Times
Was Thanked 11,325 Times in 5,310 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 102 Times
Thumbs up Re: Looking for indoor soil?

True, but I was referring to folks who want to grow using a soil medium.


Hydroponic growers are not without their pest problems however...


I had a friend who grew hydroponically and he had a worse spider mite problem than I'd ever encountered! A severe whitefly infestation at one point too!


I just wanted to point out, especially to unsuspecting new gardeners, that using cheap soils can bring with them many unwanted and preventable problems.


Don't get me wrong though, because I'm kind of a fan of MG soil...just not inside my apartment.


Only my opinion and my way of doing things...but doesn't mean it's everyone else's.


: )

Last edited by The Hollyberry Lady : 10-11-2010 at 12:13 AM. Reason: damn spelling!!!
The Hollyberry Lady is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To The Hollyberry Lady
Said thanks:
Old 10-09-2010, 11:53 AM   #10 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Location: Delaware
Zone: 7a/b
Name: John
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 235
BananaBucks : 44,704
Feedback: 0 / 0%
Said "Thanks" 34 Times
Was Thanked 180 Times in 108 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 0 Times
Default Re: Looking for indoor soil?

Quote:
Originally Posted by blownz281 View Post
I need some thoughts on bags of indoor potting soil people have used. Looking for something bug free. Bringing my nanners inside this year to overwinter in pots. Brought nanners inside over the winter last year and tiny bugs called springtails were crawling all over. So want something bug free if possible. Thanks
You'll have to use insecticide on the plant and the soil if you want to avoid problems. The best way to manage springtails is to keep the medium from staying wet. A fast draining planting medium is a must but it's hard to find (look for one high in perlite).

A mix of perlite and sand will have no problem managing springtails since it does not contain any organic material for them to feed on except for plant parts. Miracle-Gro is filled with pine bark and other organic materials which springtails can feed on.
__________________
http://www.unusualplants.net/
turtile is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To turtile
Old 10-09-2010, 06:19 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 224
BananaBucks : 34,981
Feedback: 0 / 0%
Said "Thanks" 15 Times
Was Thanked 184 Times in 105 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 24 Times
Default Re: Looking for indoor soil?

My potted bananas and I like Fafard 52, which has peat, perlite, vermiculite, and pine bark pieces. It drains really well. (and needs to, because I like to overwater...)
Try Cross Seed in Wilmington.
__________________
Susan
1aday is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To 1aday
Old 10-09-2010, 07:56 PM   #12 (permalink)
 
blownz281's Avatar
 
Location: Coastal NC
Zone: 8b coastal
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 1,247
BananaBucks : 263,945
Feedback: 6 / 100%
Said "Thanks" 366 Times
Was Thanked 609 Times in 430 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 14 Times
Default Re: Looking for indoor soil?

I thought about the oven deal! How bad is bad smell wise?

Where is that in Wilmington,never heard of it? Are you a local as well?
blownz281 is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To blownz281
Old 10-11-2010, 12:11 AM   #13 (permalink)
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 15,161
BananaBucks : 1,124,707
Feedback: 1 / 100%
Said "Thanks" 12,042 Times
Was Thanked 11,325 Times in 5,310 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 102 Times
Exclamation Re: Looking for indoor soil?

Whatever you do, please...


DO NOT BAKE SOIL IN YOUR OVEN!!!


It will put the most disgusting, foul stench into your home that you can imagine...and you won't get rid of it for weeks!


: o


It's not something that should be recommended to anyone. Boiling water can be a good alternative though, and pouring it into a pot of pest infested soil a few times will usually kill whatever's in it.



: )
The Hollyberry Lady is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To The Hollyberry Lady
Old 10-11-2010, 07:14 AM   #14 (permalink)
Northern Tropics
 
sandy0225's Avatar
 
Location: Muncie, Indiana zone 5
Zone: zone 5
Name: Sandy
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 1,717
BananaBucks : 288,663
Feedback: 31 / 97%
Said "Thanks" 38 Times
Was Thanked 1,800 Times in 682 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 9 Times
Default Re: Looking for indoor soil?

Just rinse all the soil off your plants before repotting for inside. Don't use potting soil from anywhere that is-or has been-sitting outside, where it could have gotten wet. If it's gotten wet, then it's likely to have algae in it which attracts fungus gnats. When you open the bag, look to see if the inside of the bag is slimy green or flaky brown, that means the soil has been wet. If so, don't use it. I haven't heard of Miracle grow soil being any more prone to having bugs in it than any others, but if it was handled improperly, sitting on pallets outside, then that may be the case. I know our local menards is starting to carry more of the promix potting soils now, so they will be more available to homeowners than before. Nearly any of them-except the ones designed to mix with soil outdoors to improve flower beds-mixed 50/50 with perlite will make a good winter potting mix for bananas because of the improved drainage that the perlite offers.
My still all time favorite is promix HP with biofungicide, but that can be hard to get if you're a homeowner. Try calling some local greenhouses to see if they have any.
__________________
Sandy Burrell



Northern Tropics Greenhouse
1501 East Fuson Road
Muncie, IN 47302
www.northerntropics.com


specializing in bananas, heirloom tomatoes and water gardening plants~
check out our new online store at our website!
sandy0225 is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To sandy0225
Old 01-22-2011, 12:25 AM   #15 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 170
BananaBucks : 10,464
Feedback: 1 / 100%
Said "Thanks" 61 Times
Was Thanked 118 Times in 68 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 4 Times
Default Re: Looking for indoor soil?

is a springtail infestation detrimental to the living plants in your soil or is it just a neusance?
__________________
If it'll hold soil or grow don't throw it out
notrecruiting is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To notrecruiting
Said thanks:
Old 01-22-2011, 05:37 PM   #16 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Location: Delaware
Zone: 7a/b
Name: John
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 235
BananaBucks : 44,704
Feedback: 0 / 0%
Said "Thanks" 34 Times
Was Thanked 180 Times in 108 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 0 Times
Default Re: Looking for indoor soil?

Quote:
Originally Posted by notrecruiting View Post
is a springtail infestation detrimental to the living plants in your soil or is it just a neusance?
They usually cause no damage to plants.
__________________
http://www.unusualplants.net/
turtile is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To turtile
Said thanks:

Join Bananas.org Today!

Are you a banana plant enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Bananas.org is owned and operated by fellow banana plant enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information. Receive all three issues from Volume 1 of Bananas Magazine with your membership:
   

Join Bananas.org Today! - Click Here


Sponsors

Old 06-04-2012, 10:17 AM   #17 (permalink)
hydroponics
 
Location: USA
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 13
BananaBucks : 1,422
Feedback: 0 / 0%
Said "Thanks" 0 Times
Was Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 1 Times
Default Re: Looking for indoor soil?

To keep your system bug free You need to use anti bug liquid or fertilizers which are available in the market. It is necessary if such a kind of thing happens to your plant.
__________________
Find the LED Grow Lights easily
David Harritz is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To David Harritz
Said thanks:
Old 06-10-2012, 10:02 AM   #18 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 11
BananaBucks : 580
Feedback: 0 / 0%
Said "Thanks" 0 Times
Was Thanked 6 Times in 4 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 0 Times
Default Re: Looking for indoor soil?

go to your nearest hydroponic store, and check their composts ... they have specialist imported composts that are primarily geared for 'medical cannabis' growers

Here in the UK, I use plagron bat mix .... it's very rich, has different types of peat and also has worm humus and bat guano ... It also has perlite, which makes it drain well ... all I add is a bit more worm humis (vermicompost), and I also use rootgrow (Mycorrhizal Fungi)

I have never seen any bugs when using this ... I have also used biobizz all mix which is also very good
*dim* is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To *dim*
Reply   Email this Page Email this Page






Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Your indoor arboretums? JCDerrick Cold Hardy Bananas 27 06-06-2012 09:45 AM
Indoor humidity Randy4ut Main Banana Discussion 4 06-06-2012 09:41 AM
indoor lighting? timmko Container Grown Banana Plants 11 06-05-2012 10:18 AM
indoor plants stevelau1911 Cold Hardy Bananas 4 05-25-2012 09:57 AM
Indoor Grow Lights JoeS475 Main Banana Discussion 10 07-17-2006 08:11 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:37 AM.





Follow us:
Twitter YouTube

All content © Bananas.org & the respective author.