Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Denny, Geoffrey C.

Committee Member

Bachman, Gary R.

Committee Member

Coker, Christine H.

Committee Member

Crouse, Karl K.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Plant and Soil Sciences

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Plant and Soil Sciences


Two container production studies (nursery area and greenhouse) and a landscape performance study to evaluate bananas and cannas were performed at R. R. Foil Plant Science Research Center on the campus of Mississippi State University. Previous reports determined that there is greater need of K2O fertilization in addition to N for tropical monocot nutrition. Contradictory to previous cultural recommendations for landscapes, it was determined that a N:K2O ratio is not significant for container production of Musa, Ensete, and Canna in pine bark substrate. Nitrogen rate was the most significant variable in the containerized production of Musa, Ensete, and Canna. The purpose of the landscape performance study was to evaluate six cultivars of bananas for growth and cold hardiness. The three cultivars of bananas trialed which showed the greatest cold tolerance and vigor were Musa basjoo, Musella lasiocarpa, and Musa balbisiana ‘Thai Black’.



pine bark substrate||container production||fertilization||nitrogen potassium ratio||banana||Canna||Musella||Ensete||Musa||landscape performance