The Q&A Archives: Fruitless Banana

Question: Are there any soil additives that will help my trees produce bananas?

Answer: Banana plants need fertile soil and an abundance of<br>moisture for best growth and production. It is essestial for the plant to be well cared for during the first 3-4 months after bloom, while the fruit is developing.<br><br>Banana's Potash requirement is high. Young plants should be fertilized with a 6-2-12 fertilizer. Apply 1 lb to young plants at planting time. Fertilize every two months thereafter, and gradually increase the rate to 5-6 lb at flowering and fruiting time, 10 to 15 months later. Soil moisture should be high, but not flooded.<br><br>In Florida at least one nutritional spray containing manganese and zinc is recommended annually. Copper should be added to the spray if no copper- containing fungicide is used. Seaweed fertilizers provide these and other micronutrients, and need to be applied about once per month. <br><br>Once a stem has borne fruit, cut it back to the ground, and new sprouts will appear in its place.

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