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Fertilizing Banana Plants

A banana plant’s rapid growth rate makes it a heavy feeder. Young plants may need as much as ¼ to ½ pound of fertilizer per month. A balanced fertilizer of 8-10-8 (NPK) is recommended.

NOTE: This is part 6 in a series of 11 articles. For a complete background on how to grow banana plants, we recommend starting from the beginning.

Fertilizing Tips

  • During warm weather, apply once a month.
  • Spread the fertilizer evenly around the plant in a circle around the trunk.
  • Do not allow the fertilizer to come in contact with the trunk.
  • Feed container plants on the same monthly schedule using about half the rate for outside plants.
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