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Use Banana Peels To Feed Your Plants

By plantladylin
February 8, 2012

Chopped Banana Peels: Mix into the soil of potassium-loving plants.

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Marilyn
Feb 7, 2012 6:05 PM CST
Do you happen to know which plants are potassium loving? Confused I'm all ears! Green Grin! Thumbs up
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 7, 2012 6:27 PM CST
Staghorn ferns, & orchids are some.
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valleylynn
Feb 7, 2012 6:57 PM CST
Hibiscus is another one.
I'll have to chop up a banana peal and feed it to my Tropical Hibiscus. I can't wait to see if this will make it a healthier plant.
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Dutchlady1
Feb 7, 2012 7:07 PM CST
I just throw old dead bananas on the Staghorns.... no need to chop. I didn't know about orchids, must spread them around a bit next time!
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 7, 2012 7:26 PM CST
Just throw them in the orchids whole like you do the staghorns.

Bunnies LOVE banana skins too!
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Bubbles
Feb 7, 2012 7:33 PM CST
I have to bury them. We get some horrible black beetles that eat the peels if I leave them above ground.
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valleylynn
Feb 7, 2012 7:42 PM CST
I would be afraid of drawing bunnies, raccoons and opossum. I would chop them and mix with the soil.
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Feb 7, 2012 7:49 PM CST
I just throw mine in the compost pile Shrug!
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tarev
Feb 7, 2012 8:17 PM CST
Hmm..won't it attract the pesky fungus gnats?
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 7, 2012 8:40 PM CST
tarev said:Hmm..won't it attract the pesky fungus gnats?


Oddly enough it never did for me. No beetles, no gnats, no problem. It may be different things, different places.

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woofie
Feb 7, 2012 9:40 PM CST
Hey, I just noticed: It's NOT Feb. 8 yet. At least not here! Big Grin
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Samigal
Feb 7, 2012 10:09 PM CST
I wonder how many noticed that, I sure didn't. I only have one orchid, so next time I have a banana peel I'll chop it up for that.
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Marilyn
Feb 7, 2012 10:26 PM CST
flaflwrgrl said:Just throw them in the orchids whole like you do the staghorns.

Bunnies LOVE banana skins too!


Our bunnies (inside the house) like the banana, not the skins. Thumbs up

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flaflwrgrl
Feb 8, 2012 5:42 AM CST
Woofie & Pegi, the tips, garden tours, & stuff are published at (I believe) 8pm eastern time so that makes them appear before the date has changed.
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plantladylin
Feb 8, 2012 7:17 AM CST
I do add chopped or whole banana peels to the compost bin but I also drape the whole peel over my Epiphyllum (Orchid Cactus):
Queen of the Night (Epiphyllum oxypetalum)
Hooker's Orchid Cactus (Epiphyllum hookeri)

and yes, the Staghorn ferns (Platycerium): Common Staghorn Fern (Platycerium bifurcatum) love the potassium from banana peels draped over their fronds too.

Although I don't grow many Roses: Roses (Rosa) they are another plant that seem to like the potassium from banana peels.
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rocklady
Feb 8, 2012 7:46 AM CST
I've been feeding banana peels to my Epis and they seem to love them. Last year they had three flushes and one gave me 50 blooms over three nights (5 plants in all).
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ge1836
Feb 8, 2012 8:35 AM CST
Bananas go into our black compost box.No particulat concentration of potassiums for anything. Guess I should specialize.We are in the frozen north and orchids are in the house all year round.I cant imagine the gnats bananas on them and eventually "bugging" me at my computer.Flying up my nose and into my eyes.
Our compost goes into the garden and into holes dug for new plants.
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Dollybelle
Feb 19, 2012 1:59 PM CST
Maybe I missed it, but I always thought of roses when I have banana peels (courtesy of my hubby's eating them). Chopped up sounds like a good way of putting them around the rose bushes.
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plantladylin
Feb 20, 2012 3:11 PM CST
Hi Dollybelle, Welcome to ATP! Yes, Roses definitely enjoy the potassium from banana peels!
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Marilyn
Mar 11, 2012 2:22 AM CST
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

Welcome Dollybelle! Welcome to ATP! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!



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