I have decided to try and add a little kick to my banana growing routine. A fertilizer that I just call ‘Banana Fuel’, it has very high nitrogen and potassium in relation to phosphorus. In fact, I think the numbers are 30-5-30 as far as the NPK ratio goes. This isn’t something you want to accidently fertilize something else with. A few weeks in, and I think the bananas and elephant ears are responsing pretty well.
The banana cannas seem to like it as well. I guess they aren’t bananas, but they are related and they seem to really relish the extra nutrition. As a matter of fact, the canna ‘Tropicanna’ likely get a little bit of the banana fuel, and they seem to like it as well. They might not flower for me, given the low phosphorus content, but the leaves of ‘Tropicanna’ are good enough for me.
Things change so quickly here once things get growing, and if I don’t get my posts published fast enough the photos don’t match what I’m saying! The brugmansia bed is a testament to how quickly this happens… as if the bananas, cannas, tree dahlias and bamboo don’t already.
Here is what the brugmansia ‘Rhapsody looked like 2 months ago:
That’s right. The poor, pitiful stump in the sand colored pot has transformed into the behemoth in the previous photographs. What a plant! As you can see in the current photos, you really can’t find a garden bed here that doesn’t have either a brugmansia, canna, dahlia or banana.