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Old 11-08-2010, 03:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I received an email from Europalms the other day and this was on the list of new seeds. Has anyone heard of it, or is it 'Daj Giant' by another name? The email also said it had large seeds.
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Old 11-09-2010, 01:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi James

Hope you're well.

From previous experience 'Darjeeling Giant' had seeds which were slightly smaller than regular Sikkimensis. (see pic attached).

I'm too committed this winter to give them a go. Please let me know how you get on, I'm sure I'll find a suitable trade

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Hi Kev

I'm good thanks.

Well I might have to get some of these mysterious seeds then, which is unfortunate really, because this addiction is getting the better of me. I've just forked out on some Griersonii and Itinerans (forma India) seeds aswell. Blimey.

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OK the seeds have arrived this is what they look like

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Maybe slightly bigger than usual, but there's not much in it
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I wish you'd stop tempting me by posting seed pics. I just can't do it this winter, need to finish the house renovation first or she'll kill me
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james.. keep putting up those pics of seeds you are going to start..heehehe
hey.. new in starting banana seeds..got several going now.. havent sprouted yet..but its only been little over a week.. sigh..LOL
whats your plan on sprouting yours?
do you file the seed to open up a bit?
soaking? any other treatments ?
i have mine in unbleached paper towel..in a plastic bag..in heated aquarium..
temp stays close to 82 F
thanks..and good luck on yours !!!!
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Hi

I will soak them for a week, changing water daily. Then put them on a bed of vermiculite that has been soaked with boiling water and excess water drained off. I will then alternate the temperature, 30degrees by day and ambient temperature at night. Check for signs of germination then transfer them to peat compost if they do germinate.

It seems to work for me.

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thanks jim.. i think im going to order some more seed..and try your
way as well..
maybe trying several methods..i will find a way that is most sucessful
to sprout seed..
thanks to all here for your wealth of knowledge and practice for sucess
in growing these fun plants..
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This is a photo of my first Gigantea sprout

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It looks like Musa cheesmanii based on its seeds. It is somehow similar with M.sikkimensis but is still a distinct species. Does anyone any photos of it in order to make a proper identification?
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All the Cheesmani seeds I've bought have had almost spikes on the seeds, these are smooth.
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The M.cheesmanii seeds what I have received from India are sligthy warty similar to M.sikkimensis seeds. I have not seen any M.cheesmanii in cultivation either in Europe or USA. The photos are mostly welcome.
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Here is an update now the Gigantea are a bit bigger
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They are showing some lovely colouration
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Very nice job James, keep up the good work!
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James, how are they doing now ?
Here's mine, growing on well so far with some interesting colouration

I am still looking for more info on this plant so far i haven't located much on it at all.

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looking good I'll post a pic tomorrow, when the weather has cheered up a bit.

I've noticed another hybrid of sikkimensis called 'Fire', so far I've only seen plants for sale, but no seeds. Does anyone know anything about this?

Here's the photo of my Gigantea.

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Old 07-09-2011, 03:54 AM   #17 (permalink)
 
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James. that's very nice just curious is it potted up in ericaceous ?

Not heard of "fire" but found this, original in German, translated via google;

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No, only J. Arthur Bowers multi purpose.

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Hi James,

Musa sikkimensis "Fire" is a type of Musa sikkimensis of which i imported seeds the first time in 2000 from India.
There are some differences in the adult plants from Musa sikkimensis and the seeds are also a little bigger than usual sikkimensis seeds.
Young Fire show a very great painting on the leaves.
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Here is an end of season photo of my gigantea
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