Advisor

Denny, Geoffrey C.

Committee Member

Bachman, Gary R.

Committee Member

Coker, Christine H.

Committee Member

Crouse, Karl K.

Date of Degree

1-1-2016

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Plant and Soil Sciences

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department

Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

Abstract

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’.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/20309

Comments

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

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