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Old 03-31-2021, 11:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Iím looking to buy some good soil for my plants this year. I was just kind of curious what kind is the best of all for banana plants? Garden, potting mix or top soil? Thanks in advance as always!
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I’m looking to buy some good soil for my plants this year. I was just kind of curious what kind is the best of all for banana plants? Garden, potting mix or top soil? Thanks in advance as always!

It has been stated many time within the forum 50% potting soil & 50% perlite for container banana plants and is easy to obtain & mix. Anyway there is more info in the forum wiki. The roots need air, so any dense heavy soil is not good for potting. ... I use a course pine bark soil less mix made for nurseries. Course sand is good too. ... A good drainage check is to see that water starts draining from the pot in about 10 to 15 seconds after pouring on top. And the mix does not contain any water retaining type materials.


Banana plants in the ground can live & grow in just about any type soil as long as it is not mud. But again well draining soils are best for in ground plants. Over time, the banana plant will amend the soil to its liking if left alone.


Also there are youtube clips for making your own potting soils.
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I’m looking to buy some good soil for my plants this year. I was just kind of curious what kind is the best of all for banana plants? Garden, potting mix or top soil? Thanks in advance as always!

Do a forum /Youtube search.Soil/best practices for tropicals.
Some of the videos will give you a great start to custom make your own mix.
The question has been answered in a few threads. If do a forum search and some of the posts have an ingredient list.


My observations are folks in the south tend to make/purchase a heavier mix while gardeners in the north make a lighter mix.
So everyone makes it different for their needs.

Miracle grow type soiless mix is a good base to start with.
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All I can say is that I honestly didnít remember all that before I posted this thread. If I had looked up my previous threads before posting this I wouldnít have. I genuinely made a mistake. Thanks for answering anyway! Now I know for sure that Iím good with my combo of potting mix, flower mix, sand and a bit of peat moss that Iíve been using for years! Thanks again to both of you!
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All I can say is that I honestly didn’t remember all that before I posted this thread. If I had looked up my previous threads before posting this I wouldn’t have. I genuinely made a mistake. Thanks for answering anyway! Now I know for sure that I’m good with my combo of potting mix, flower mix, sand and a bit of peat moss that I’ve been using for years! Thanks again to both of you!

Triple LOL.

Forgot to add ....some folks use a cactus type mix in their containers.
Buy and make what you can afford...get everything on sale at big box at end of season.....purchase it even if you do not need it.

Sooo, what are you using this spring?
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Forgot to add ....some folks use a cactus type mix in their containers.
Buy and make what you can afford...get everything on sale at big box at end of season.....purchase it even if you do not need it.

Sooo, what are you using this spring?
Thanks for the extra info about cactus mix stuff! Didnít know you could use that kind! Neat!

Hereís what Iíll be using. I start with a base of Miracle Gro Moisture Contol Potting Mix about 50%. I add in some Miracle Gro Garden Soil for flowers about 30-50% and then mix in peat moss 20-30%. After all that gets mixed together I then throw in play sand. Just about a garden shovel full. This combo seems to have worked so far. Sound pretty good?!

Thanks again for all the help Iíve gotten so far! Truly appreciate it!
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I am not sure what to use, but I think all/most of the commercially available products take short cuts for growth that ultimately harm plants.

I found this article and found it interesting.

https://news.byu.edu/intellect/byu-s...t-damaged-soil
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I am not sure what to use, but I think all/most of the commercially available products take short cuts for growth that ultimately harm plants.

I found this article and found it interesting.

https://news.byu.edu/intellect/byu-s...t-damaged-soil
Yeah I thought the article was pretty interesting! Thanks so much for the kind reply & for sharing the article too!
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