For plant growth it seems an ideal choice for my Banana plants is Banana Fuel with an N-P-K of 20-6-16. As shipping cost can almost be as much or more than the idealistic product itself at Plants that produce. The closest to ideal product I have found is Miracle Gro All Purpose Plant Food, 5 lb (product #1001232) at 24-8-16.
~~~ UPDATE: 1/18/2014 - I purchased and fed my Cavendish some Miracle Grow at the rate of ONE Tablespoon 24-8-16 to One Gallon of water. I also purchased a galvanized one gallon watering can. ~~~
~~~ UPDATE: 1/19/2014 - I posted a copy of this post at: http://www.bananas.org/f312/using-miracle-grow-24-8-16-a-19747.html#post238157 to promote other sugestions to my feeding program. ~~~
For the fruiting phase I have not yet found an alternative to what is said to be the ideal of N-P-K 16-8-24. As I am not fruiting yet I am ok, but I will keep an eye out for it so I will have a product in mind when the time comes.
|Plant growth has been very slow|
|Plant Information:||Super Dwarf Cavendish|
|Lighting:||4 ft. 6 tube - T-5 6400k High output fluorescent|
|Light hours:||14 On - 10 Off|
|Soil replenishing Fertilizer:||Dr. Earth 6-4-6 tropical - Using for plant soil revitalization of depleted soil.|
|Watering Fertilizer:||Miracle Grow 24-8-16 at 1 teaspoon per Gallon ongoing|
|Soil:||Standard potting soil - Drainage not ideal|
|Container:||16.32 gallons - 12" deep by 20" width setting on a dolly.|
|Pest Control:||Insecticidal soap, Diatomaceous earth|
|Walk in plant closet:||7' x 4'-6" - With curtain and circulation fan.|
|Temperature:||Low 65 - Average 70-75 - High 80|