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Old 08-04-2012, 08:37 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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Hi Mason,
The potting soil you use is rather dependent on how you grow them. If your plants spend most or all of their time indoors, then a really fast draining soil is best. But if they spend a lot of time outdoors or even more, in full sun, a really fast draining soil can be more of a curse than a blessing as they have a tendency to dry out before you can get a chance to water them. All of my bananas are in containers, but they stay outdoors as long as the weather is warm enough. I have had good success with Miracle Gro Cactus and Palm and standard Miracle Gro Potting soil which is easy to find in most big box stores. Definitely recommended for "outdoors during summer" plants. Adding perlite to about a 1/4 to 1/3 of the pot with the Cactus and Palm soil should make for a pretty fool proof potting mix for mostly indoors plants. Its also really easy to mix. Hope this helps.
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:46 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Hi Mason,
The potting soil you use is rather dependent on how you grow them. If your plants spend most or all of their time indoors, then a really fast draining soil is best. But if they spend a lot of time outdoors or even more, in full sun, a really fast draining soil can be more of a curse than a blessing as they have a tendency to dry out before you can get a chance to water them. All of my bananas are in containers, but they stay outdoors as long as the weather is warm enough. I have had good success with Miracle Gro Cactus and Palm and standard Miracle Gro Potting soil which is easy to find in most big box stores. Definitely recommended for "outdoors during summer" plants. Adding perlite to about a 1/4 to 1/3 of the pot with the Cactus and Palm soil should make for a pretty fool proof potting mix for mostly indoors plants. Its also really easy to mix. Hope this helps.
Is this what a lot of people would recommend as far as overwintering as a banana beginner plus some perlite??? I've used this a lot of times before (Cactus and Palm soil) when doing some of my palm seedlings.
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Is this what a lot of people would recommend as far as overwintering as a banana beginner plus some perlite??? I've used this a lot of times before (Cactus and Palm soil) when doing some of my palm seedlings.
Sounds good to me. Peat and perlite should be just as good.
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Sounds good to me. Peat and perlite should be just as good.
Well hot diggity dog, slap me in the face with a cucumber. I think I may have gotten my answer. Let's see what others have to say.

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Pro Mix is best.
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Pro mix is good but cactus mix and added perlite will work just fine. There are many soil mixes which will work.
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~ When I go through all the work of either repotting my current SDC or starting fresh with on of its pups in a larger pot for its eventual better chance of success at blooming I will be changing my soil choice as well at the same time. I am currently using general Bi-Mart outdoor potting mix unmixed with any of our local clayish soil that does not drain well at all.

~ Based on informatin from Bananas.org and specificly from this thread, it looks like what ever I choose, be sure to get a soil that does NOT have any 'moisture control' ingreadients.

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~ Based on informatin from Bananas.org and specificly from this thread, it looks like what ever I choose, be sure to get a soil that does NOT have any 'moisture control' ingreadients.
True , it is generally believed that the use of these types of soils leads to root rot, especially during the dormant stage for many northern growers, which is now being discussed in another thread.

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