Potting soil for Banana - Knowledgebase Question

piedmont, SC
Question by gamb971
July 9, 2005
I just bought a Red Leaved Banana. I am going to leave it in a pot outside during the summer and Bring it in the house during the winter. I need to repot it in a larger pot and need to know what mix of soil to use. Any other help that you can furnish would be helpfull. Thanks.

Answer from NGA
July 9, 2005


Different plants have slightly different needs, but a safe bet would be a good grade all-purpose commercial potting soil. It's generally a mixture of sand, compost or peat, and perlite. In combination they supply just the right proportions of organic matter and air space to promote a healthy environment for the roots of your plant. You can make your own custom mix by combining 1-2 parts of commercial potting soil, one part perlite and 1 part compost or leaf mold. Of primary importance is a mix that's well-draining, yet moisture retentive, and one that contains some nutrients that will be released slowly so the growing roots have a ready source of food.

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