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Tissue Culturing & Other Propagation Techniques of Banana Plants This forum is for discussing propagation techniques of banana plants. Tissue culturing is the popular process of creating clones from a source plant. There are other techniques to propagate banana plants however, such as nicking corms or dividing corms. Learn more inside.


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Old 07-19-2008, 07:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This pic is of a blue java grown from tissue culture. Its about 60cm tall and is about 14 months old.

I got the tissue culture from Nambour Banana Research station - a Queensland government organisation and one of the few places Queenslanders can legally buy bananas. We're limited to half a dozen or so legal varieties, if you are found with any other sort the government can and does impound and destroy the lot.

The banana growing industry has a lot of political clout in this state.




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Old 07-20-2008, 12:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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that sucks! but it a lovely nana you got there!
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Old 07-20-2008, 10:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Wow, that's a nice plant! To bad about the goverment limiting your ability to buy and grow nanaers.
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I suppose the Queensland Banana Cartel limits home cultivation b/c of diseases?
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I suppose the Queensland Banana Cartel limits home cultivation b/c of diseases?
that's the excuse, but I think a lot has got to do with the possible loss of sales

this is the local government hand out for bananas in the back yard

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I sure wouldn't want to pour in kerosene like the link says to kill the sucker. That seems pretty dangerous and toxic for the plant.
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can you petition the gov. to grow more nanas?the kerosene thing....arent they concerned about the eco-system .....duh!
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It sure is purty, but, that seems kinda small for 14 months... Is that from the time of tissue culturing or from time of first planting. Thanks!
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It sure is purty, but, that seems kinda small for 14 months... Is that from the time of tissue culturing or from time of first planting. Thanks!
great minds think alike microfarmer. I emailed the Nambour Banana Research Centre the day I took the photograph to see if its normal for them to remain so small (it isn't normal). The 14 months is from when they were first received as in-vintro mini plants. Then there was about three or four months "hardening off" - getting them used to soil and sun - and then in the ground.

I haven't had a reply from the research centre.

Everything should be in the soil for the banana needs - four metres away are 8 metre tall lady fingers
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Not to defend the Aussie Government, but 5-10 ml is only a few drops -approximately a teaspoon. Sounds like the control of BS, BTV and Fusarium wilt are the principle reasons for such tight control.
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