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Old 02-26-2017, 10:05 PM   #41 (permalink)
 
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I've decided to try again with Goldfinger (Musa AAAB group). I'll grow it in a pot for a while. Then I'll plant it on the other side of the house from where the diseased plant was.

I've read that implements and tools don't transmit the virus, but, just in case, how do I clean (disinfect) my garden tools--bleach? alcohol?
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I've decided to try again with Goldfinger (Musa AAAB group). I'll grow it in a pot for a while. Then I'll plant it on the other side of the house from where the diseased plant was.

I've read that implements and tools don't transmit the virus, but, just in case, how do I clean (disinfect) my garden tools--bleach? alcohol?
Wash with bleach. The corm can also be disinfected with bleach too before planting. This helps to prevent transfer of fungus from one field/plot to another.
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Certainly you mean diluted bleach, like a capful in a couple gallons or some such... I just don't want this poor guy to dump pure bleach on his corm and kill it.
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Certainly you mean diluted bleach, like a capful in a couple gallons or some such... I just don't want this poor guy to dump pure bleach on his corm and kill it.
Yes, diluted. Two tablespoons to the gallon is about 200 parts/million. Good for washing vegetables before selling or eating.

Disinfection of banana corms using bleach at 10% - 20% (100ml/200ml per L). Rinse with clear water. AgriGuide - AgriGuide ... Hot/boiling water can be used too.

Disinfection of garden tools: How to Disinfect Gardening Tools: 3 Steps (with Pictures)
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WOW!! 2 cups of bleach to a gallon? Seems like way too much to me. Especially is you are going to soak them 10 minutes...
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Yes, diluted. Two tablespoons to the gallon is about 200 parts/million. Good for washing vegetables before selling or eating.

Disinfection of banana corms using bleach at 10% - 20% (100ml/200ml per L). Rinse with clear water. AgriGuide - AgriGuide ... Hot/boiling water can be used too.

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I think that was two bleach bottle caps of bleach per gallon, or about 2 TBSP. You can also just wipe your tool blades with undiluted bleach and let them air dry.
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I think that was two bleach bottle caps of bleach per gallon, or about 2 TBSP. You can also just wipe your tool blades with undiluted bleach and let them air dry.
The 'undiluted' bleach (household) is only 5% to 6% (standard) to 8.25% concentrated.
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How can I disinfect the soil where the infected banana plant was? Or shouldn't I even try?
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Similar to preparing a garden. Not all fungi is bad, some are good. I have done this to garden beds:

1. Dig and break up clods to about 6 inches depth, or more, where most fungus will live. Do this for all the area you want to plant in and an additional few feet around the infected area.

2. Dig a trench around the edge of the area. Or use bricks or something to hold plastic down flat around edge of area like rocks, bricks, etc, whatever is easiest for you.** Sometimes I lay bags of mulch around. I also do this to kill weeds.

3. Spread some heavy duty clear plastic (you can get a roll from a hardware store) and cut to length. Spread another layer across that and cut. If your hardware store has some clear plastic sheeting used for lining car trunks, try to get several long sheets free if they will let you have some (also depends on size and area to cover).

4. **Push gently into trench and cover trench with soil you previously removed.

5. Let set a couple of months. Here in SW Florida, through the end of August should do it since we are coming up on April now you may just want to let it go dormant from April through July or August. You can use a soil thermometer to check the temperature, which should reach 115-120 deg F here and if you want to ensure fungi die. Just leaving plastic on the soil for a couple of months during our hot, wet season should do the trick.

6. Remove plastic, or leave on soil and punch some holes in it with a garden fork or put nails through a piece of board and attach a handle and stamp holes in plastic to allow water to perc through and keep weeds down (does the same trick as weed fabric and I have done this in banana beds. If pups push up, just slice a hole for them to come through. My bananas and plantains in Central Florida loved this.

7. Option: I also add a 3-in-1 Organicide drench to the soil before planting again.

8. Add some good, clean disinfected garden soil and compost on top of the disinfected soil or just leave plastic on it as mentioned above and you should be ready to go. Use Mychorizal and disinfecting seeds if planting seeds will also help.

9. Now plant! Remember, the bad fungus you had was spread by an insect, right? Control them! If the bananas planted there have the same problem in the future, it is likely the insect causing it.

And...Yes, I have done this! It also can kill weed seeds. Good when changing a garden bed to new crops during hot part of year in Florida (we have a different growing season than up North of course).

I hope this works for you! Not hard to do unless ground is hard to break up.

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I had the plant and corm removed about two months ago--or so I thought. I noticed that a new stem has just emerged from the spot of the plant that was removed. I guess a piece of the corm survived and produced a new stem. Now my question is, is this stem likely infected with banana streak virus, too, as was the previous plant?
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Try spraying your plant and bananas with copper sulfate mixture. I use this in my garden and 3 months ago sprayed my inside banana plants when I saw some Sizegenetics https://www.fitnessdonkey.com/male-enhancement/sizegenetics-reviews white fungus on the stalks. ...

copper sulfate/water => 4 teaspoons copper sulfate to 1 gallon of water.

You can also make a 1% Burgundy Mixture as follows:

For 1 gal mix:
38 g copper sulfate => 1.34 oz => 2 tbl
47 g washing soda => 1.66 oz => 3 tbl
1 gal water
Note: De-solve the copper sulfate in 1 pint of water and the washing soda in 1 pint of water. Strain each into 1 one gal container. Then finish filling (3 qt) water.

or a Bordeaux Mixture. see link for directions. Bordeaux Mixture--UC IPM

This wont cure the fungus but will stop it from spreading. These have greatly reduced leaf spot and bloom-end rot in my garden. And is used by large banana plantations in their fields. A 3lb bag of copper sulfate is about $5 to $8; and a box of Mule Team washing soda is about $3.50. This is much less expensive than buying off-the -self fungicides.
This solution was the perfect fix for my problem. The fungus has stopped growing and my bananas seem to recovering.

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What are the benefits of eating bananas?
Bananas possess iron, potassium, pakistan election 2018 calcium and fibers. They prevent cancer, kidney diseases and promote our health immensely.

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The fungus lives in the soil, where it attacks the roots of the banana plant ... short enough that those who fought Panama disease in Central America
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The 'undiluted' bleach (household) is only 5% to 6% (standard) to 8.25% concentrated.
You can find 10% chlorine bleach at Walmart sold as Pool Chlorinating Liquid.
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