WATER AND NUTRIENT EFFICIENCY IN GROWING BANANAS IN SUBTROPICS
For optimal growth and production, bananas require high amounts of nutrients which are supplied only in part by the soil. The grower have the -option of relatively high control of the nutritional needs by applying both manure and fertilizers. Field experiments proved that during the last 25 years the total mass in a banana plantation increased (change of cultivars), production increased, amount of fertilizers applied increased and the nutrient concentration in the plant increased as well. Thus, the nutritional efficiency increased. It is expected that future research will prove additional increase in water and nutrient efficiency in bananas in the subtropics.