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Old 09-02-2009, 02:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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should i use this stuff everyday on banana plants? or just follow the instructions to use every 7-14 days?
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Old 09-02-2009, 02:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would say just follow the instructions you dont want to burn it.,
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Follow the instruction.
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I use it twice a week on my bananas (basjoo/sikkimensis/lasiocarpa), plus I have 3 month slow-release banana fertilizer mixed into the ground... so far no burns. The leaves are nice and big.
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yah im gonna follow the instructions, thanks for your opinions!
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I use it twice a week on my bananas (basjoo/sikkimensis/lasiocarpa), plus I have 3 month slow-release banana fertilizer mixed into the ground... so far no burns. The leaves are nice and big.
It is just not the burn but it's the way it's growing. The plant may become too fat so the tissues are too large and too soft. Just like a boy too obese to walk to do its errand in everyday living.
If you can do it more power to you.
You can do it the way you want it . I'd follow the instruction.
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id get better fertilizer
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Becareful about adding a water-soluble fertilizer when you already have slow-release in the ground. Depending on which manufacturer and formula of water soluble -- it can cause the slow-release to be released all at once right then. I've seen examples of terrible plant death from this.
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It is just not the burn but it's the way it's growing. The plant may become too fat so the tissues are too large and too soft. Just like a boy too obese to walk to do its errand in everyday living.
If you can do it more power to you.
You can do it the way you want it . I'd follow the instruction.
You've got me thinking now... this is only my second year, so maybe in the long run I'll pay? I'll take precautions just in case... nobody wants a fat banana!

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Becareful about adding a water-soluble fertilizer when you already have slow-release in the ground. Depending on which manufacturer and formula of water soluble -- it can cause the slow-release to be released all at once right then. I've seen examples of terrible plant death from this.
Richard,

I have 3 new young bananas purchased from justin's divorce sale here. I potted all three last Friday with some Oscomote time release in the potting mix.

If not water-soluble fertilizer, what should I feed the baby banana plants, how soon, and how often?

God forbid I murder them before the month is out.

I have them in partial light shade right now, we're hitting temps in the high 90s in Sacramento this week.

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Default Re: Miracle Gro all purpose plant food

First of all, MG all purpose is either 15-30-15 or 24-8-16 & that is not good for nanas. They need more K(potash) as in NPK, like 15-5-30 (what I use - called 'Banana Fuel'). When mine are ACTIVELY growing I feed them every 7-10 days. If they are slow to push out a leaf or sick, I don't feed them then or maybe try 1/4th dose to see if they perk up. When they perk up & grow, feed them but not as often if you have timed released ferts in the soil.
mjd, I hope this answers your questions too
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Be careful about adding a water-soluble fertilizer when you already have slow-release in the ground. Depending on which manufacturer and formula of water soluble -- it can cause the slow-release to be released all at once right then. I've seen examples of terrible plant death from this.
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I have 3 new young bananas purchased from justin's divorce sale here. I potted all three last Friday with some Oscomote time release in the potting mix.

If not water-soluble fertilizer, what should I feed the baby banana plants, how soon, and how often?

God forbid I murder them before the month is out.

I have them in partial light shade right now, we're hitting temps in the high 90s in Sacramento this week.

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Richard qualified his statement with "when(if) you already have slow-release (fertilizer) in the ground (or potting soil)", then it would be risky to feed your plant with water soluble fertilizers. That would be like doubling up on the fertilizers. Hence, if you do not have the slow-release fertilizer in the soil, fertilize as you would normally. But, anyway, for new transplants, I would not fertilize them outright. I would use a transplanting solution after transplanting, but just water normally thereafter until the plant puts out strong leaves before resuming with a regular fertilizing schedule.
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Specially now. Now is the time to slow down fertilizing and watering your bananas to toughen them up for the coming winter in order to survive. Soft tissues will just turn to mush easily including the pstem. Just do the opposite when spring comes. This is for those people living in zone 9 and below and without a greenhouse.
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Specially now. Now is the time to slow down fertilizing and watering your bananas to toughen them up for the coming winter in order to survive. Soft tissues will just turn to mush easily including the pstem. Just do the opposite when spring comes. This is for those people living in zone 9 and below and without a greenhouse.
when do you noramly get your first frost?
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when do you noramly get your first frost?
Actually on the late part of December or January..
For me it is still too early to slow down fertilizing and watering but to others who have frost early it's time to think about it.
At this time here in Monterey it looks and feels like we have the hottest month of the year so I just fertilized last week.
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I can't wait to face our first frost and freeze this year (1st frost usually October)... FreezePruf!!!! =-)

Thanks for the advice Benny...
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Now (September) is a great time winterize your plants with supplements of potash and mineral magnesium. This is especially true for pit fruit trees -- you are feeding them for next year's crop.
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First of all, MG all purpose is either 15-30-15 or 24-8-16 & that is not good for nanas. They need more K(potash) as in NPK, like 15-5-30 (what I use - called 'Banana Fuel'). When mine are ACTIVELY growing I feed them every 7-10 days. If they are slow to push out a leaf or sick, I don't feed them then or maybe try 1/4th dose to see if they perk up. When they perk up & grow, feed them but not as often if you have timed released ferts in the soil.
mjd, I hope this answers your questions too
Good point Benny...well said.
Most fertilizers made for bananas(that I've seen) do have a higher K to NP ratio. The one I use is 6-3-16. I follow recommendations on the UF web site and have had fantastic results so far.

The miracle grow will probably work fine if it's the 24-8-16 type..but, if you have other options similar to the above mentioned ferts, use those instead.
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I use the same fert. (Banana Fuel)that Patty does and it made a big difference in the growth of the 2 Super Dwarf Cavandish that I have, great stuff!
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the kind im using is 24-8-16
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