Banana Tree Feeding And Soil - Knowledgebase Question

Ware, MA
Question by T_SINCLAIR
July 3, 2000
HI, I HAVE TWO MINIATURE BANANA TREES THAT GROW TO A HIGHT OF APOX. 5-6 FEET. I AM LOOKING FOR THE TYPE OF SOIL BEST SUITED FOR THEM AND WHAT TO USE FOR FERTILIZER AS THEY ARE ABOUT 5 FEET HIGH NOW AND ARE IN NEED OF REPLANTING AGAIN, ANY HELP WOULD BE MORE THAN APPRECIATED AS I CAN FIND NOTHING ON THESE TREES.
THANKS, TIM


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Answer from NGA
July 3, 2000

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It sounds like you're doing well by your plants so far -- congratuations! Bananas (Musa species) need very rich, well-drained soil (think jungle). They appreciate repotting as soon as the roots become crowded in their containers. When you reach the point where you can't put them in a larger pot, feed them weekly or semiweekly with dilute fertilizer (mix as directed on the label). Minimum winter night temperatures should not dip below 60F, and daytime temps should be at least 65F. And of course, they like a lot of sun. Enjoy!

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