Banana Peels And Roses - Knowledgebase Question

Concord, NC
Question by bobandchris
June 20, 2001
Do banana peels "planted" with roses act as fertilizer? If so, how do you use them?


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Answer from NGA
June 20, 2001

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Banana peels are high in potassium, one of the three major nutrients (the other two being nitrogen and phosphorus) that all plants need in fairly large and regular quantities. Some gardeners like to bury banana peels off to the side of plants. In addition to potassium, they add organic matter to the soil as they decompose. I prefer to add them to the compost pile instead!

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