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Old 07-13-2016, 12:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hi, I'm new here and have got to say was so excited to find this forum lol. I live in rainy Wales in the UK but would love to grow a banana tree. I have seeds of two varieties, velutina and acuminata. So far I have had no joy getting the seeds to germinate, I have soaked them in water for approx 3 days then planted and placed in a heated propagator, but nothing I am just currently soaking a seed of each again for another try, they have been in water for 4 days now, so any advice would be greatly appreciated, I would so love my banana babies to grow!
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Old 07-14-2016, 09:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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You need more patience. Unless your seed is very fresh, it could take weeks to months before they pop up...that's if the seeds are not old and stale.
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Hi CJ21, I am also new to growing bananas from seed and also new to this forum. I planted my first batch of around 10 varieties (some 80 odd seeds) about 4/5 month ago. On receipt of the seeds, I put them in the fridge for about a week then soaked them in water for 3 days. Then I planted them up in cell trays with lids and proceded to alternate the day time and night time temperature. During the day I had them in a cupboard which houses my underfloor heating manifold and due to lack of space in the cupboard, I had others in cell trays on a heat mat on a table (keeping them very very moist at all times). During the night they were all put in an unheated greenhouse. I continued with this routine for about 6 weeks.......nothing popping their heads above soil at this point. The soil mix I used was 1/3 perlite 1/3 peat and 1/3 coir. As the days got warmer I put them all in the greenhouse which alternated the day and night temperatures without me having to physically move them. After about a week they started to shoot, albeit just 4 varieties. Two months ago I had 48 seedings, 2-4 inches high. As of today, no more have germinated and I now only have about 35 seedlings as I lost some. I think I was over watering and the stems just rotted. All my seedlings were give some shade in the greenhouse in a bid to emulate their natural habitat of growing under the parent plant and other plants. All are growing in 9cm pots of 50% peat and 50% perlit and I have reduced the shade a little as well as my overzealous watering. All seem to be doing fine and some are ready to pot on in bigger pots. I still have an awful lot of seeds that have not done anything but I am going to continue the same routine in the hope that the hot weather we are having here in the UK spurs them into action. So from what I gather, patients seems to be the key word here. Something I am not blessed with at times. Now the UK is in the middle of a heat wave, why don't you try them under glass outdoors. Good luck and happy growing.
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Welcome to the Banana Express.

You should post a thread in the New Members section where everyone can find you.
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