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bananafanJune 15, 2007

What's the best way to plant baby bananas that are 8-12"? Is it better to plant them in pots first before transplanting them to the ground? How about sun exposure? Is it better to keep them in a shady place first? If they are to be planted directly in the ground, then it would be hard to protect them from direct sun, or maybe the sun exposure doesn't matter? Finally, what kind of fertilizer is best for them when they're that small? Your advice is greatly appreciated.

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I have two unknown varieties of banana in zone 9. All of my plants were transplanted this year, some of them recently. One variety is the toughest plant I've ever seen and never stopped growing after being transplanted. The other variety however let it's leaves go limp the first day it was moved. I clipped them off and the plant continued to grow. I would pot the new plant and put it in morning sun and evening shade and give it a little water in the evening just to be safe. I have never fertilized my banana plants except for some miracle grow now and then.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2007 at 9:51PM
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pitangadiego(San Diego, CA)

I pot mine in 1 gallon, the 5, and then into the ground. Much easier to manage them in a pot when they are little.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2007 at 1:07AM
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Southtropical and Pitangadiego: thanks for the followup. I think I would do the same and watch them grow first before I transplant them into the ground.

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    Bookmark   June 17, 2007 at 1:41PM
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watergal(z6/7 Westminster, MD)

I usually pot mine up for at least a little while so they can recover from shipping. The last one I got was wilted and droopy and losing leaves for at least a week or two. I was afraid I would lose it altogther, so I decided to keep it in the shade until it got its act together. After a few weeks, I gradually moved it into the sun, and now it's doing great a month later.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2007 at 7:34AM
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funsocaltiger(SoCal - 9b / 19)

The directions I got for mine were to put it in morning sun / afternoon shade for the first 1-2 weeks so that they don't burn.

I would wait a week before starting to use water soluable fertilizer (or until it is clearly growing) like Miracle Gro and after a month they said it's okay to add in time-release fertilizer like Osmocote too.

I'd keep it in a pot until it's a decent size too.

Also, becareful not to overwater before it gets its root established.


    Bookmark   June 18, 2007 at 3:21PM
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