Vegetables – Grow Gardener Blog https://www.growgardener.com GrowGardener! Fri, 05 Jul 2019 03:33:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 119568603 What are the Best Fertilizers for Banana Trees https://www.growgardener.com/what-are-the-best-fertilizers-for-banana-trees/ https://www.growgardener.com/what-are-the-best-fertilizers-for-banana-trees/#respond Wed, 27 Sep 2017 06:36:24 +0000 https://www.growgardener.com/?p=4613 If you are interested in adding some bananas in your small home garden, one of the important factors is the application of a fertilizer. Through this post, we are going to focus on the best fertilizers for banana trees along with some basic facts that can help you grow them much easier and more productively. Overview: […]

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If you are interested in adding some bananas in your small home garden, one of the important factors is the application of a fertilizer. Through this post, we are going to focus on the best fertilizers for banana trees along with some basic facts that can help you grow them much easier and more productively.

Overview: Facts and Physical Description

Species: Musa or Musa acuminata Colla, M. X paradisiaca L. (hybrid)

Family: Musaceae

Other Names: Banana, Bananier Nain, Plantainm Curro, Canbur

Origin: the Indo-Malaysian region up to northern Australia

Bananas grow in tropical areas; hence, very common in Southeast Asia and Latin America. This tree has a decorative look almost similar to palm trees but only shorter and wider. It has large and oblong or elliptic leaves that unfurl once in a week during warm temperatures, extend upward and outward at the same time and grow for as 2 feet wide and 9 feet long. It blooms in slim, tubular, toothed white flower through the large, oval and tapering inflorescence shooting that comes out right from the heart, which is in the tip of the stem.

Once there is an appearance of flowers, it means the fruits are coming out soon too. This indicates a nearly harvesting period, which makes gardeners very happy for sure. Interestingly, banana fruit comes in clusters called hands since they look like fingers in one hand. It is green at first then turns yellow and sometimes a little red which indicate ripeness. Of course, this is a great result when one of the best fertilizers for banana trees along with water has been used throughout the planting process.

Growth Factors

1. Soil

Soil is the number one key secret to an abundant harvest of bananas. It has to be planted in rich and well drained soil with a pH level of 5.5 or 6.5, which are both acidic.

2. Irrigation

Bananas need plenty of water. Since it grows in warm, humid weather, the soil quickly gets dry that’s why deep watering is a necessity. Do not just make it a regular habit to water the trees but also make sure every amount goes as deeply as it can. Be sure that you do not overwater as this can result to the decay of roots.

Tip: Use an expandable hose to water bananas.

3. Fertilization

Fertilizing bananas is an intensive and vital part of the growing process. This is most applied during the warmest temperature of the year. Experts suggest the use and application of a balanced fertilizer even just once in a month. There are absolutely several selections of fertilizers for banana trees but choose only one that is best for your banana variety.

On average, the most recommended fertilizer has the ratio of 8:10:8 NPK (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium). Once it has become mature, you may apply 1.5 or 2 pounds of this formula of fertilizer and only 1/3 of that amount for baby or young plants. Evenly spread the fertilizer to cover the nutrients needed but do not apply anywhere in the trunk.

Basically, banana trees need nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium or otherwise known as NPK for fertilization. The higher the number is the more concentrated the nutrients are. You may test at first until you get the right formula depending on the plants need. In usual cases, nitrogen should be higher but if this seems inefficient, you can increase the amount of either potassium or phosphorus.

You must know that bananas are considered heavy feeders meaning they need regular fertilization to become productive. This can be mixed with water or applied once the water has dried out to half an inch.

There’s also what is called the multi-K fertilizer. This is one of the improved fertilizers for banana trees since it has more advantages than regular ones. The average rate of each nutrient which is 400 to 600 nitrogen, 200 to 300 phosphorus and 850 to 1100 potassium must be observed.

Furthermore, nitrogen should be divided into different dressings, normally with the interval of 1 to 3 months or 2 to 4 weeks depending on the weather and temperature. You may also use potassium nitrate since it has both nitrogen and potassium but this has to be a ratio of 1:3.

For phosphorus, it is not that much but still a required nutrient for banana to grow. On the other hand, potassium is as important as nitrogen. The lack of enough potassium can lead to the reduction of production of fruits and even growth. An indication of deficiency of this nutrient is when the leaves have orange and yellow chlorosis and ultimately die if not maintained immediately. There is also delay in the blooming of flowers and development of fruits.

Among the best fertilizers for banana trees are the following (recommended products):

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Easy Ways on How to Grow Basil in a Pot https://www.growgardener.com/how-to-grow-basil-in-a-pot/ https://www.growgardener.com/how-to-grow-basil-in-a-pot/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:56:49 +0000 https://www.growgardener.com/?p=4586 Isn’t it exciting to add new plants in the garden? If you want to grow basil in a pot, this is a great opportunity you shouldn’t miss. A lot of people plant basil in beds because they are best mixed with different types. But some, like you perhaps, may want to just use a few containers […]

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Isn’t it exciting to add new plants in the garden? If you want to grow basil in a pot, this is a great opportunity you shouldn’t miss.

A lot of people plant basil in beds because they are best mixed with different types. But some, like you perhaps, may want to just use a few containers for other reasons. First, it is more practical to grow basil in a pot if you only plan to use a handful of seedlings. This makes them more manageable and easy to care. You may also use a pot than a bed if you want to keep them indoor since the tiny leaves make a good display on the table and shelves. But most would plant basil in pot only to transplant later in a bed.

Why you should grow basil in a pot is a good question. Aside from its simple growing process, this herb consists of properties that are beneficial to the health. In addition, it has a great aroma and sweet flavor. It can definitely be used to add fragrance to certain dishes.

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8 Best Choices of Fast Growing Hydroponic Plants https://www.growgardener.com/fast-growing-hydroponic/ https://www.growgardener.com/fast-growing-hydroponic/#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2017 05:58:23 +0000 https://www.growgardener.com/?p=4589 What are hydroponic plants and how they are different than regular plants? What are the best fast growing hydroponic plants you can grow? Hydroponic plants are plants that grow through hydroponic system, which is a method that doesn’t merely rely on soil for nutrients and growth. Instead, water is tremendously used and the nutrients a plant […]

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What are hydroponic plants and how they are different than regular plants? What are the best fast growing hydroponic plants you can grow?

Hydroponic plants are plants that grow through hydroponic system, which is a method that doesn’t merely rely on soil for nutrients and growth. Instead, water is tremendously used and the nutrients a plant needs are directly brought to the plants. Although it is the most vital element, hydroponics uses 90% less water. In this method, plants grow much quicker for as fast as a few weeks only.

There is no need to have a backyard or garden for fast growing hydroponic plants. You only need a small space and the right equipments to set up. Others use a wide greenhouse or a storage room depending on the volume of plants of to grow. This kind of method is more efficient and productive than the regular one as you’re able to plant as 4 times more.

Another advantage of growing plants through hydroponic is that it prevents pests, insects and diseases that are caused by soil. It is definitely a much safer and more organic way of growing plants and harvesting produce. Furthermore, there is less waste or manure and fertilizer to use during the whole process.

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How Far Apart to Plant Tomatoes – Need to Know https://www.growgardener.com/how-far-apart-to-plant-tomatoes/ https://www.growgardener.com/how-far-apart-to-plant-tomatoes/#respond Sun, 10 Sep 2017 06:20:50 +0000 https://www.growgardener.com/?p=4537 Tomatoes are among the most popular and easiest plants to grow, especially during summer. However, there is a need to practice basic and proper methods to ensure normal growth and healthier produce. Aside from soil, temperature and water, spacing is also an important factor to keep in mind. We’ll focus on the gap or how […]

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Tomatoes are among the most popular and easiest plants to grow, especially during summer. However, there is a need to practice basic and proper methods to ensure normal growth and healthier produce. Aside from soil, temperature and water, spacing is also an important factor to keep in mind. We’ll focus on the gap or how far apart for plant tomatoes need.

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Dog scaping the Backyard for Summer – 5 Creative and Dog Friendly Ideas https://www.growgardener.com/dog-scaping-the-backyard-for-summer/ https://www.growgardener.com/dog-scaping-the-backyard-for-summer/#respond Thu, 07 Sep 2017 06:19:51 +0000 https://www.growgardener.com/?p=4533 Is dogscaping the backyard for summer your next DIY project? If yes, then you’ve come to the right place! Like we do, dogs enjoy hanging out at the garden or backyard during summer and other seasons as a matter of fact. To avoid stress and allow some physical activities, your 4-legged best friend need time to […]

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Is dogscaping the backyard for summer your next DIY project? If yes, then you’ve come to the right place!

Like we do, dogs enjoy hanging out at the garden or backyard during summer and other seasons as a matter of fact. To avoid stress and allow some physical activities, your 4-legged best friend need time to be out under the sun cooling down and playing around.

For gardeners with a serious fond of plants, there’s more than a few things to do apart from opening the door to let loose of their dogs. Let’s talk about some creative ideas and helpful tips in regards to dogscaping the backyard for summer.

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5 Of The Best Mosquito Fogger To Protect Your Garden, Home, and Family https://www.growgardener.com/best-mosquito-fogger/ https://www.growgardener.com/best-mosquito-fogger/#respond Fri, 01 Sep 2017 06:00:01 +0000 https://www.growgardener.com/?p=4500 Tiny Serial KillersWhat comes to your mind when you think about the most dangerous animal in the world? Do you think of disease-carrying rats? Maybe, Man-eating lions or deadly sharks? Surprisingly, none of these animals, no matter how dangerous,can compare to the top killer weighing only a mere two and a half milligrams: mosquitoes. According […]

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Tiny Serial Killers

What comes to your mind when you think about the most dangerous animal in the world? Do you think of disease-carrying rats? Maybe, Man-eating lions or deadly sharks? Surprisingly, none of these animals, no matter how dangerous,can compare to the top killer weighing only a mere two and a half milligrams: mosquitoes.

According to the World Health Organization, mosquitoes kill around 725,000 people a year (sharks kill 10 annually) from the diseases they bring – no other animal bite kills more people. It’s no wonder then that we spend millions per year to protect ourselves from these harbingers of death. One of these tools is the best mosquito fogger. Choose from among the best and start protecting your family, home, and garden from these deadly pests! Additionally, the best propane mosquito foggers will be perfect for camping too

At A Glance

Here is a quick look at the products we’ll be looking at in this article and their respective features.

Mosquito Fogger

Power Source

Power Source

Rating

Propane

3 lbs

Propane

4 lbs

Propane

3 lbs

Electric

6 lbs

Electric – Cold Fog

12 lbs

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What Does Artichoke Taste Like? This Should Be Interesting https://www.growgardener.com/what-does-artichoke-taste-like/ https://www.growgardener.com/what-does-artichoke-taste-like/#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:51:30 +0000 https://www.growgardener.com/?p=4273 Based on its significantly odd appearance, one may find artichoke interesting. What does artichoke taste like, how to prepare this vegetable, is it easy to grow are just a few questions usually asked around.OverviewArtichoke, with a scientific name cynara cardunculus var. scolymus, is a perennial plant that produces an oddly shaped purple-blue flower, in which […]

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Based on its significantly odd appearance, one may find artichoke interesting. What does artichoke taste like, how to prepare this vegetable, is it easy to grow are just a few questions usually asked around.

Overview

Artichoke, with a scientific name cynara cardunculus var. scolymus, is a perennial plant that produces an oddly shaped purple-blue flower, in which the bottom part is edible. The vegetable must be harvested before the flowering stage.

Artichoke is fascinating compared to other vegetables. It has six parts, which are the inner and outer petals, the center choke, the center, the stem and the thorns. The parts that should be consumed are the base of the petals, the heart and the center of the stem. This food consists of beneficial properties, including antioxidants, fiber, folic acid or folate and compounds good for the blood pressure, cholesterol, brain and liver.

Before we get into what does artichoke taste like, you should know that there are two types of this. There is the variety called “globe” that is almost round in shape and “violetta” that is long and tapered.

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Can You Freeze Tomatoes? This Truth is Mind Blowing https://www.growgardener.com/can-you-freeze-tomatoes/ https://www.growgardener.com/can-you-freeze-tomatoes/#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:50:32 +0000 https://www.growgardener.com/?p=4270 Those who are asking if can you freeze tomatoes will find this post interestingly helpful. There are claims in which freezing this red, juice fruit (yes, botanically speaking) is not recommended, while some prefer this method over commercial and bath canning. But freezing it can actually help for preservation.What we’re going to focus regarding freezing […]

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Those who are asking if can you freeze tomatoes will find this post interestingly helpful. There are claims in which freezing this red, juice fruit (yes, botanically speaking) is not recommended, while some prefer this method over commercial and bath canning. But freezing it can actually help for preservation.

What we’re going to focus regarding freezing tomatoes involves three things: benefits, disadvantages and proper ways of freezing.

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Love Asparagus? How to Grow is Plain Easy https://www.growgardener.com/how-to-grow-is-plain-easy/ https://www.growgardener.com/how-to-grow-is-plain-easy/#respond Sat, 12 Aug 2017 05:54:53 +0000 https://www.growgardener.com/?p=4226 Many gardeners would love to add asparagus; how to grow is a basic question answered below.OverviewAsparagus, with the scientific name asparagus officinalis, is a hardy perennial type of plant that grows in well-drained soil (USDA zones 2 to 8) between 7.0 and 7.2 pH level. It grows every year whether in dry or winter seasons. […]

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Many gardeners would love to add asparagus; how to grow is a basic question answered below.

Overview

Asparagus, with the scientific name asparagus officinalis, is a hardy perennial type of plant that grows in well-drained soil (USDA zones 2 to 8) between 7.0 and 7.2 pH level. It grows every year whether in dry or winter seasons. In most cases, it’s ready to harvest in spring or summer. Even after harvest, the plant stays in the same garden bed for long years between 15 to 30. Thus, a very excellent choice to grow for its yearly production.

Moreover, this vegetable is a great source of many essential nutrients. These include B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium and iron. It’s another reason why you must include this in your home garden.

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How to Store Radishes Properly and Efficiently https://www.growgardener.com/store-radishes-properly-and-efficiently/ https://www.growgardener.com/store-radishes-properly-and-efficiently/#respond Thu, 10 Aug 2017 05:53:41 +0000 https://www.growgardener.com/?p=4224 Red radishes, or simply radishes, are one of the fastest growing vegetables, which every gardener would surely love to raise. These are also convenient to store because they can last for a week or more. The question we need to answer is how to store radishes properly to ensure their crispness.When to Harvest Radishes?It’s always […]

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Red radishes, or simply radishes, are one of the fastest growing vegetables, which every gardener would surely love to raise. These are also convenient to store because they can last for a week or more. The question we need to answer is how to store radishes properly to ensure their crispness.

When to Harvest Radishes?

It’s always necessary to look at the fruit of every plant to know whether it is ready to pick or wait a little longer. Regardless of the variety, the color of the top of the radishes has to be bright, usually green, and not wilted. Check the roots as well if they are bright and contain no cracks. It helps confirm they’re good enough to harvest if you squeeze and the center shouldn’t be soft.

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