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Banana Seed Germination Forum As one of the toughest seeds in the plant kingdom to figure out the keys to germination success with, this is a forum with banana seed germination tips. Please entitle posts like "Musa balbisiana," or "Musa cheesmani," etc. People would then post a reply under that heading, sharing their germination successes (and failures), what materials and methods they used, germination percentage, etc.


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Old 01-02-2009, 01:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I am finding it hard to get some info about Bananas that come from Seed. As all the fruit we eat does not have any seeds. Does this mean if I grown some Bananas from seed these plants are going to make fruit that has seeds? I am use to either growing out a pup or a TC fruit tree. I am now finding lots of info about people growing bananas from seeds. Just want to see if this is the case, Grow from seed = Fruit with seed?
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Old 01-02-2009, 01:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, just about every banana grown from seed will be seeded. With few exceptions, all edible bananas are sterile hybrids and have no seeds.
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Yes, just about every banana grown from seed will be seeded. With few exceptions, all edible bananas are sterile hybrids and have no seeds.
My god JIM!

You had an answer before I even submitted the post.

Thanks for clearing that up for me. This is what my first guess was, I just can't see why anyone would want a banana that has seeds.

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Thanks for cleaning that up for me. This is what my first guess was, I just can see why anyone would want a banana that has seeds.
Hmm..., well, out of interest for the species? ...And out of seeds, sometimes you can get weird stuff!
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Yes! and what are eadible speacies with seeds?
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Yes, just about every banana grown from seed will be seeded. With few exceptions, all edible bananas are sterile hybrids and have no seeds.
As Scot says, edible = no seeds! So Dalmatiansoap, if you want to grow edible cultivars, you have to get either TC plantlets or pups. Most of the species' fruits are nice tasting but chock full of seeds like gravel. There is hardly any pulp/flesh on them.
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Thx Tan
I belive that the best for me would be to grow BANABLE cultivars for beginning!!!
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That's a good start. Just take it easy, grow your 'naner and eat the fruits and be happy
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Tog, I'd object to the concept that seeds=inedible. I personally really enjoy the flavour of Platanillos (a type of edible seeded Heliconia fruit), they're just not something I'd ever try to eat out of hand. They make kick-butt fritters, though; very sweet.
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I agree with you Lorax (hey, I didn't say that). Here the Malay folks extract the pulp of the Musa acuminata ssp malaccensis to mix with dough to make a tasty dessert like cake. I tried eating the M-a, it's really very flavourful and sweet. Mind the seeds though. Here's a saying (literally translated), if you eat wild bananas you have to bear the off loading like a monkey!
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You can see why MA is the grandaddy of all bananas, you say? I'm shocked! Shocked!
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Hey Lorax, come to think of it why would people still use the wild banana for making cakes when cultivars are so abundant these days?
I think the recipe goes way back to the days before the cultivars were established and this is a very 'ancient' traditional recipe that got to the present day. Interesting rite, how people people can hang onto to this? I figure it must be very good eating. I am gonna ask my Malay friend to give me some the next time they make it.
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I'd say it's the same as with any traditional food. I'm betting that Musa acuminata ssp malaccensis has a different flavour than the seedless cultivars that are based on it. Hence, to have a taste of the past, people use it instead of a seedless banana, which would be less work.

I've actually been having an ongoing discussion with a couple of tropical Aroid botanists and a Shuara indigenous family about the same kind of thing, regarding the custom of eating the young leaves and tubers of Caladium sternudifolium instead of, say, Taro (which is much larger). It comes down to what the people ate as children, so the ancestral variety or use becomes a "comfort food" for them, and the recipe isn't lost to history. I think you'd find the same thing happening in any culture with a strong oral tradition.
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Thanks for all the info....I was wondering about how careful you'd have to be to eat a banana grown from seed. I think I'll try to find a pup somewhere of a seedless type.
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I eat wild Musa acuminata with seeds, you have to suck off the flesh and spit out the seeds. When ripe it is very sweet and has a flavour similar to sweet soy sauce.
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Bengtang,i began to germinate musa velutina....thanks again my friend.....All the best....Alek
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