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Comparative Effect of Foliar and Soil Application of FertiGroe Nano N, P and K Fertilizer on the Growth Performance of 'Cavendish' banana [Musa acuminata Colla (AAA) 'Cavendish']

D. N. Augustus
E. A. Domingo


This study was conducted to compare the effect of foliar and soil application of FertiGroe Nano fertilizer on the growth performance of the Cavendish banana plant. The experiment was laid out in a Completely Randomized Design (CRD) with two treatments (foliar and soil application of FertiGroe). Each treatment was replicated four times with 15 meriplants per treatment and replicate. FertiGroe N, P, and K rate were dissolved in 1 litre of distilled water and stirred thoroughly. The mixture was applied four weeks after transplanting using a hand sprayer as a foliar application while FertiGroe was side dressed at about 2 cm and FertiGroe covered with soil and then irrigated as media application. The research result turned out to show that the media application of FertiGroe Nano fertilizer was more effective in shoot and root growth characteristics compared to foliar application. There was a significant difference between the soil application of FertiGroe Nano fertilizer and foliar application in terms of shoot growth parameters. FertiGroe is a slow-release fertilizer developed primarily for soil application. Hence should be applied as such on Cavendish banana seedlings instead of foliar spraying.