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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 02-26-2018, 08:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I built a new larger seed propagator to replace my old smaller one

1 used pepsi cooler with bad compressor 75.00
2 150 watt ceramic heating elements ebay 14.95
1 digital thermostat ebay 11.95
1 large led grow light Christmas present from my son 0.00
1 ac timer wall mart 6.95

total 108.85

this works well with all seeds and maintains 87 . f and nearly 100 % humidity
seeds sprout incredibility fast and the small buds on banana corms when cut out with a little tissue on them then placd in a small pot will start growing leaves in less than a week

the thermostat controls the temp with in 2 degree and a pan of water on top the heaters maintain the humidity
the timer keeps the grow light on for 16 hrs out of 24







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I like it! Well insulated and a glass see through front. You can see what's going on inside without opening the door. Very well done!
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I also plan on using it for tissue culture jars the old one works well for that
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Very nice build! Does the door stay nicely closed with the heat inside?
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yes door is spring loaded
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When the parts list was given in the beginning post my wheels started turning. I wonder for those that do not have the room for the big machine, maybe, just maybe a egg incubator would meet the requirements.

Heater
Thermostat
Tray for water
Some models have a fan for even heat distribution
Small and lightweight.

Has anyone tried this. I think this smaller idea might be better suited for seeds rather than starting corm chunks. I have a incubator from when I raised chickens. I shall dig it out and give it a try. All I need is a handful of Musa seeds.
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When the parts list was given in the beginning post my wheels started turning. I wonder for those that do not have the room for the big machine, maybe, just maybe a egg incubator would meet the requirements.

Heater
Thermostat
Tray for water
Some models have a fan for even heat distribution
Small and lightweight.

Has anyone tried this. I think this smaller idea might be better suited for seeds rather than starting corm chunks. I have a incubator from when I raised chickens. I shall dig it out and give it a try. All I need is a handful of Musa seeds.
my old one was made from a small dorm refrigerator i cut out the front and replaced it wih
plexiglass
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