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Ravenala plant care
Get your Garden Basket and cover in newspaper. Gather everything you want to plant and place inside the basket. Include plenty of fertilizer and a magnifying glass to make sure everything is covered.
Fill the Container with good Quality Fertilizer. Add a pinch of each fertilizer. They are: Dr. Earth, 10-10-10, and Petco Organics. Start out with a 1/4 tsp, working up to 1/2 tsp over several weeks. Plant as you go.
Till the bottom of the container to mix the fertilizers into the soil and make the surface smooth and level.
Place in Container and Place in Sun. This step is critical in providing the best plant starts. This heat is the ultimate factor for germination of the earthworm castings. Place in direct sun in a warm room or sunny porch to give best results.
Watch Plants Grow Day by Day. Although you can speed the process up by growing more at a time, it's more enjoyable to watch your little seeds grow day by day. By the 4th week, you can move them to a brighter location, with more direct sun.
Repot as Soon as Needed. Keep in mind that your plants are actually growing as you get further into the growing process. So, you need to start thinking about repotting after the first month to increase the growth area. The first weeks of growth, though, may be due to the intense fertilizing you have been doing. If you feel they have put on too much, remove the plants and top off the container with a good, rich soil. Be sure to fertilize it again when you re-pot.
Continue Using Fertilizers. As they grow, they will also need more fertilizer to support their increase in size. If they are still in the 2nd month of growth, you may have to fertilize with 3 doses at 2-week intervals.
Water as Needed. They need plenty of water to survive but also keep it out of direct sunlight. Monitor for wet roots and plants and adjust the water according to the needs of the plants.
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Cool-Acclimatize to Cooler Climates
It is recommended that any plant be acclimatized to temperatures not exceeding 60-65 degrees F before you plant it outside. This acclimatization process, called "Cooling-Acclimatizing" is best done in a plant cage for about two to three weeks. The cages come in two sizes, four or six inches high. You can use either the cage or the plants themselves to grow your seedlings.
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Sub-seedlings Warm-Acclimatize to Outdoor Conditions
In warm weather areas (which, of course, includes most of the United States), most plants are successfully sown out of doors in the late spring. A greenhouse is better for delicate or slow-growing plants. But be sure to take a thermometer inside to make sure the area stays within a safe range. This process should be done over a period of several weeks before you put your plants outside. If you have a choice, buy a long season's rated greenhouse.
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Greenhouses are Necessary
Some areas of the country have much cooler, drier soil than others. In the Pacific Northwest for example, the summers can be extremely hot and humid. This tends to dry out the soil and make it difficult to germinate seeds. While a greenhouse is perfectly fine for slow-growing flowers and shrubs, a second-floor deck or porch provides the best germination for starting plants.
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A Shade House is Necessary
In many areas of the country, especially in the south and in the west, it may not be safe to grow your seeds outdoors. If you have a long period of rain, you can reduce the chances of insect infestation by covering your plants with a heavy plastic sheet or burlap. But when planting in the summer, a shade house is preferable. These can be made with recycled water bottles or simple bricks. For even more protection, get a greenhouse.
It's best to leave the light on in your house or have your plants in a cool room. However, be sure to place a humidifier in the room because air in the house is going to dry out a lot faster than outside air.
Make sure your plants are getting plenty of water. You want to give your seedlings a nice bath when you water them. Make sure to let it soak in and out. Water as needed until the soil looks dry and you feel like they are getting a bit less water.