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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 04-09-2018, 03:41 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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oops ... your right ... it look black because of the black under the clear plastic.
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Awesome ideas Ed. He is using clear plastic on top. The black plastic is only on bottom.

Louis I know you said you had trouble finding sawdust. Canít remember if I told you but try rice hulls if they are easier to get! I hear they work about as good. Personally I just love playing in the sawdust haha.

Great job my friend!
I solved the sawdust problem Ty :-), easily available now at a negligeable price from a friend who runs an organic mushroom farm. We have also started using the mix they make for their mushroom beds as soil for transplanting sword suckers into the 50 % green shade polytunnel. We mix it half and half with local soil. They seem to be doing fine. We also installed the plastic roof/sheet over the shading net last week as it has started to rain pretty hard some evenings.
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I suppose I should create a new post, but anyway, here is a nice example of "build it and they will come!"
One of our best day-workers, who had been off work for nearly a year as he had broken a leg, is now back in the team.
He knows a few things about preparing banana pups for transplanting and was doing his thing this morning; impressive work!







These are going into the polytunnel of course!

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Two of the macro propagation boxes have just finished their third week and things seem to be progressing nicely. I also think I have understood the whole process. It is quite straightforward and the next lots should be even better.
One of the corms has three well separated buds shooting out of the sawdust, a very pleasing sight indeed!



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End of fourth week and this project is looking good! Today we sprayed the boxes with some light pesticide and fungicide mixed with folear NPK 20-20-20 for the first time.
Here are some pics taken today with my good macro lens











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@Louis

I see these last picture show the corms fully covered and the multiple plantlets that appear to be on the same corm. ... Are these now responding better than the first corms? And, since these were cut with a cross, has the problem of the main meristem regrowing lessened?
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I see these last picture show the corms fully covered and the multiple plantlets that appear to be on the same corm. ... Are these now responding better than the first corms? And, since these were cut with a cross, has the problem of the main meristem regrowing lessened?
This is the first box, the first corms. I just covered them with more sawdust after your helping comment.

The third box, which are Namwa, all cut with a large and deep cross only are only in since 7th April, no visible growth out of the sawdust yet
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Well done, what is your final conclusion about the macro propagation, how many plantlet were you able to produce from each sucker. And what is the ease of rooting plantlet without root.
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Well done, what is your final conclusion about the macro propagation, how many plantlet were you able to produce from each sucker. And what is the ease of rooting plantlet without root.
Thanks but we cannot draw any conclusions yet as it has only been four weeks. Another four and things will decant once we have started separating plantlets. I will also inform once the third box, the Namwa start shooting up.
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Week five and all is well!
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Looking good!

Very interesting to see the inside operations of a commercial startup operation's problems encountered, solutions, etc.

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I’ve created a monster!!

Hahaha. Looking amazing! Great Job!
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We have started separating plantlets from the first box. The corms have been in the box for five weeks and many plantlets are already over a foot in size.
We cut out a chunk of corm around the base of the stem, going down the corm, catching roots when possible, if no roots available, we just take a chunk of corm. About 25 plantlets were harvested this first time round, all potted in bags and housed in the 50% green shade tent. The corms look incredibly healthy, they are hard, smell good, are full of long roots. Green power!
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They look Great ....
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Looking good!.....You are doing an awesome job!....




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Another 40 plantlets collected today, on their way to the hardening tent

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Another 40 plantlets collected today, on their way to the hardening tent

luv the cart. lightweight and functional. missing the pin on the left hand side of the gate. funny someone didn't cut a greenstick or bamboo for a pin. electrical conduit? the fenders are what grab me. make it easier to load from the side.

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luv the cart. lightweight and functional. missing the pin on the left hand side of the gate. funny someone didn't cut a greenstick or bamboo for a pin. electrical conduit? the fenders are what grab me. make it easier to load from the side.
This one is only two years old, bought new. They do wear them down pretty quick. Locally made!
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Here are the first plantlets, separated five and ten days ago. The lots are sorted per bag size, not separation date. They don't look as well right now as they have. Anything wrong? Or just the normal process of acclimatization?




They are in mixed soil/compost bags under 50% green shade, it's hot in the tent in the afternoon, around 38 C.

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