Watering and fertilizing ornamental bananas - How to properly grow your banana plant

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Ornamental bananas are far from easy to care for, as some people think. Especially for casting and fertilizing there are many questions that we would like to answer here.

Pour ornamental banana and fertilize

How much water does an ornamental banana (Ensete ventricosum) need? How often do you need to water and which fertilizer should you use? What do the strange drops on the leaves of the plant mean?

Questions about questions. Here are the answers! Ornamental bananas generally belong to the plants with increased water requirement. They have large leaves, which evaporate a lot of moisture. Of course this has to be compensated. But beware. You should not add too much water to the plant. So that your ornamental banana develops splendidly and is not hindered by various care mistakes in their growth, here is an overview of what you should know especially for casting and fertilizing ornamental bananas.

Casting a banana - that's what matters

The ornamental banana appreciates a permanently moist soil without waterlogging. If the substrate dries superficially, the plant does not disturb it, as long as residual moisture is still present in the root ball. Acute dehydration will quickly recognize you on sagging leaves. Pour your ornamental banana more frequently and a little more sparingly.

During the warm season, a daily watering in the morning is ideal. The warmer and sunnier the location, the larger the amount of water should be.

Detect excess water

Excess water can be recognized by stagnant water in the lower pot. Any liquid that does not evaporate or become absorbed during the day should be spilled. If you regularly notice large drops of water on the leaves of the ornamental banana, this is also a sign that you are pouring too much. However, this exudation, called guttation, is not threatening to the plant. At most, your floorboards or carpeting will suffer from the constant dripping. Just pour a little less and the problem is resolved.

Choose the right water

If possible, use rainwater to water your ornamental banana. Tap water with its often high lime content does not get the roots well in the long term. If you do not have rainwater available, a decalcification device for tap water (such as this one) will work well. In addition, the water when pouring should be lukewarm rather than freezing cold.

Moisten leaves

In dry to very dry locations, you will probably rarely experience the phenomenon of guttation because the ambient air quickly absorbs all moisture released by the plant. However, pronounced dryness does not do the splendid leaves of the ornamental banana well and can also lead to unsightly dustiness. By regularly wetting the leaves with water from a spray bottle can be easily remedied.

Fertilize ornamental banana - how it's done

Water-permeable potting soil is best suited as a substrate for your ornamental banana. However, nutrients are washed out of this soil relatively quickly. This can be compensated with a moderate addition of liquid fertilizer (My recommendation: Compo Grünpflanzendünger) in the irrigation water. From spring to autumn, choose a week's cycle and during the winter months a cycle of one month.

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