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Old 06-08-2009, 04:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Where does one get a potassium source for bananas since they are high potassium feeders?
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Old 06-08-2009, 04:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Any organic or chemical fertilizer will have 3 numbers on the package. The last is phosphorous. There are also super bloom mixes with all phosphorus. Does this answer your question or are you looking for a natural source?
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www.plantsthatproduce.com

That site is ran by one of our own and has wonderful items for sale including higher potassium fertilizer.

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Bob, I believe it's potassium (the last number) not phosphorous that they need although the middle number would make them bloom nicely.
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Yes I know, but if you go to your local nursery or HD to get potassium, you might be getting the wrong kind....there is different ways of getting true potash needed and certain types are harmful in larger quantities. The site I gave you has a perfect fert that is formulated just for nanners. I believe the proper level of NPK as stated by studious and nanner educated people is roughly 4-1-6 if memory serves me. Let me go grab the link and I'll edit this one to point you in the proper way.
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The two fertilizers with the highest concentration of potassium are Muriate of Potash (Potassium Chloride) and Sulfate of Potash (Potassium Sulfate).
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Bob, I believe it's potassium (the last number) not phosphorous that they need although the middle number would make them bloom nicely.
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El amigo que habla acerca de la concentración de Potasio tiene razón, el Muriato y el Sulfato tienen las mas altas concentraciones pero no olvidemos tambien el NITRATO DE POTASIO QUE TIENE UN BUEN BALANCE NITRÓGENO-POTASIO por lo menos en las orientaciones técnicas yo recomiendo trabajar con este fertilizante desde los primeros 1.5 meses del cultivo, claro esto previo análisis de suelo.
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Wow my spanish is rusty........Got through it...barely.

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Claro el Sul-po-mag puede ayudar pero previo analisis de suelo para determinar si los elementos que contiene el sul-po-mag estan en niveles bajos. Si hubiese deficiencia de Magnesio en este caso es mejor utilizar Sulfato de Magnesio hidrosoluble ya que si la plantación no es grande, si son solamente algunas plantas se puede hacer la aplicación al pie de las plantas con rociadora manual o de espalda.
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Here's where I get mine: Wellspring Gardens Product List
Click on 'search' & type in 'banana fuel'
It is 15-5-30 called Banana Fuel. $3.95 for a 1 lb bag & you only need 1/2 to 1 tsp per gal water. Great stuff & not as expensive to use. I got a better deal by ordering 3 bags. I bought a few nana plants from them too...Wellspringgardens.org
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Patty,

I think Wellsprings might be out of banana Fuel cause they didnt have any listed. but they did have Borneo Giant alocasia. for a penny
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Plants that produce fert. is one tablespoon per gal. of water.
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I should have realized that bananas liked potassium -of course! How obvious, but I never thought of it before.

Soils with a high level of potassium increase a plant's resistance to bacteria and mold. Soluble potash (wood ashes) mixed with water are a great way for organic gardeners to add potassium. Be careful when using wood ash, and it might be best to bring soil pH to around 6.5 before application.

Also, highly saline water that contains sodium will block the uptake of calcium, and magnesium. Vermiculite holds water and contains a touch of magnesium and potassium - essential to seedling development.

I am going to be raising seedlings very shortly, so I want to get them off to a good start. Banana peels themselves make a good source of potassium as well - I dry the peels myself, then bury the pieces in my garden! They're great for all my plants.

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Hola alfha010

El fertilizante al que hace referencia Patty (15-5-30) tiene buen balance nitrogeno-potasio pero recuerden que cuando se abusa con la fertilizacion se crea deficiencia en otros elementos. Ahora se habla de una cucharada por un galón de agua esto sería com si se estuviese fertirrigando, lo que hay que balancear espor el numero de plantas a fertilizar y los nutrientes que son necesarios en ese momento. Con respecto a los que son jardineros organicos pueden utilizar VERMICOMPOST pero tienen que saber el contenido de nutrientes porque experimentos en Colombia con plantaciones comerciales han demostrado que 9 kilogramos de VERMICOMPOST pueden suplir las necesidades del platano. Ahora tambien esta cientificamendate comprobado que el POTASIO regula el contenido de agua y protege a la planta contra enfermedades (ERWINIA).
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El fertilizante al que hace referencia Patty (15-5-30) tiene buen balance nitrogeno-potasio pero recuerden que cuando se abusa con la fertilizacion se crea deficiencia en otros elementos. Ahora se habla de una cucharada por un galón de agua esto sería com si se estuviese fertirrigando, lo que hay que balancear espor el numero de plantas a fertilizar y los nutrientes que son necesarios en ese momento. Con respecto a los que son jardineros organicos pueden utilizar VERMICOMPOST pero tienen que saber el contenido de nutrientes porque experimentos en Colombia con plantaciones comerciales han demostrado que 9 kilogramos de VERMICOMPOST pueden suplir las necesidades del platano. Ahora tambien esta cientificamendate comprobado que el POTASIO regula el contenido de agua y protege a la planta contra enfermedades (ERWINIA).
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FOR PATTY A OTHERS MEMBERS. I used traductor spanish-english of my computer because my english isnot very good.

The fertilizer to which it makes Patty reference (15-5-30) has good balance nitrogen-potassium but they remember that when abuses with the fertilization it creates deficiency in other elements. Now this is spoken of a spoonful by a gallon of water would be com if it were being fertirrigando, which is to balance espor I number of plants to fertilize and the nutrients that are necessary then. With respect to that they are organic gardeners can use VERMICOMPOST but they must know the content of nutrients because experiments in Colombia with commercial plantations have demonstrated that 9 kilograms of VERMICOMPOST can replace the needs of banana. Now also this cientificamendate verified that the POTASSIUM regulates the water content and protects to the plant against diseases (ERWINIA).
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There is information about the potassium requirements of bananas, details of specific fertilizers, and (just added) information about the potassium supplement K-Mag in the Wiki: Info:Fertilizer - Bananas Wiki
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