Denny, Geoffrey C.
Bachman, Gary R.
Coker, Christine H.
Crouse, Karl K.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Plant and Soil Sciences
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’.
Miller, Maddox Martin, "Nitrogen and Potassium Management in Container Production of Musa, Ensete, and Canna and Landscape Performance of Musa, Ensete, and Musella" (2016). Theses and Dissertations MSU. 3290.