Asked on Jul 13, 2013

Is it wise to add banana peels to the garden?

Carol ClaremontValerieBarbT


Are banana peels beneficial to plants?
9 answers
  • Suzie S
    on Jul 14, 2013

    I haven't tried it yet but I heard it's great. It can't hurt right?

  • Bonnie Bassett
    on Jul 14, 2013

    I have cut them up and mixed into the soil around my rose bushes because I read somewhere that roses like them. The rose bushes are doing well and it hasn't hurt them. Banana peels contain a lot of potassium I use them in my compost .

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jul 14, 2013

    They're known for being good for staghorn ferns, but generally speaking adding organic matter to the garden is a good thing.

  • I dig one under my rose plants every spring, good source of potassium and organic matter.

  • Catherine Smith
    on Jul 15, 2013

    I tuck a few around my roses and add any other's to either our Bokashi buckets or the regular compost bins. Banana peels are great for an little extra boost of potassium for your plants.

  • My Garden Shine
    on Jul 15, 2013

    Thanks, Catherine

  • BarbT
    on Jul 15, 2013

    I have never heard of this before, but based on the comments I will add some to my roses! Thanks.

  • Valerie
    on Aug 4, 2013

    I believe that putting pieces of over-ripe banana into the leaves of Bromeliads is good, and imagine that any plants that thrive in forest-like conditions would benefit as they are a great source of potassium.

  • Carol Claremont
    on Aug 4, 2013

    I also have dug them into the soil around my Knock Out roses and they are all huge with tons of blooms. I do think roses like the potassium.

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