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Old 12-02-2016, 10:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Sprinkle fertilizer in container plants or dissolve in water

For container plants, should one sprinkle a small amount of granulated fertilizer on top of the soil in a 2 gallon container plant, or is it necessary to dissolve it in water first?

I prefer the sprinkle method, and if that's reasonable, what volume of a 15-5-10 or a 10-20-10 is safe per 2 gallon pot?
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I believe sprinkling on top is the best, especially on your smaller plants. I once tried miraclegro on some pots and killed some and put a few others into shock. the larger ones did not care. from reading about fertilizers on banana 10-10-10 is probably the best. your fertilizers may be a little high. but there are many people here that know about it more than I.
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For container plants, should one sprinkle a small amount of granulated fertilizer on top of the soil in a 2 gallon container plant, or is it necessary to dissolve it in water first?
If it is truly granular then apply it to the surface, mixing in with mulch (I recommend 1/4" orchid bark). If it is intended as a water soluble (dehydrated to the granularity of table salt), then always mix with water before applying.

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I prefer the sprinkle method, and if that's reasonable, what volume of a 15-5-10 or a 10-20-10 is safe per 2 gallon pot?
In my opinion, 10-20-10 is a poor choice for bananas, but the 15-5-10 would be fine. Following the manufacturer's directions are best. Which 15-5-10 product are you considering?
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Thank you gentlemen!

@ Richard, i haven't gotten far enough to select a 15-5-10 variety. I plan to take a trip to my local farm store to see what they have in stock. My primary concern is i don't want to apply too much. Let's say i do indeed find 15-5-10 here locally, how many tablespoons or other measurement would be appropriate for a 2 gallon container?

I've only been growing basjoo for a few years. Am branching out into Orinoco, Ice Cream, RajaPuri and Saba.

I've grown bamboo for many years, using Milorganite in the pots for 2 to 3 years before transplanting into the ground. It's high time i learned how to use granular fertilizer in the proper amounts.
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Water solubles are measured in terms of grams or teaspoons per gallon of irrigation water. The amount you add depends on the frequency of feeding; e.g., every watering, every month, every three months ...

The fertilizer is added to irrigation water during a normal watering. It is not a supplemental activity.
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Thank You Richard!
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