Soil : Banana is grown successfully on a wide range of soils. The two soil factors namely depth and drainage are important for banana cultivation. Therefore, banana grown well in a deep and friable loam soil with good drainage and aeration. The crop is sensitive to water logging and can tolerate a wide range of soil PH (5.50 – 7.50)
Climate :Banana is a crop of humid tropics, but well suited for cultivation from humid subtropical to semi arid subtropics and from sea level up to an elevation of 200m. In India, it is successfully grown with a temperature range form 10 - 45oC and a rainfall of 500 mm-2000mm per year.
Land Preparation :Prepare the land by ploughing and harrowing and bring soil to a fine tilt. Dig the pits size to 2ft x 2ft. Fill the pits with equal quantities of top soil: well decomposed FYM/compost/cattle manure.
Spacing :The normal spacing for Grand Naine and Robusta is 6’ x 6’.
Planting : The plant can be planted in the center of the filled pit without disturbing the roots.
Irrigation:Provide irrigation immediately after planting and give subsequent irrigations once in 3-4 days depending upon the soil and weather conditions. Water may be fed always from main channel to basins (1.5 ft radius) made around each plant. Avoid connecting one basin with another during irrigation as a general precaution. Drip irrigation is proved to be suitable for tissue culture banana for saving the water and increasing the productivity. The water quantity varies from 5 liters to 30 liters per plant per day depending upon the age of the plant and season.
Fertilizers :Fertilizers can be applied as a band 8 inches away from the base and incorporated into the soil. The dosage of nutrients depends upon the soil and type of fertilizers used. However each banana plant requires 200 gms. Nitrogen (N), 100 gms. Phosphorous (P) and 210 gms. Potassium (K) for its life cycle.
Plant Protection :Tissue culture plants are disease free at the time of supply. with good management, a pest free crop can be raised.