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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 09-14-2007, 05:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Do you think it matters what time of the year you get your seeds?

In other words, do you think that most of the banana seeds would be fresher this time of the year that the vendors are selling? Or are they getting them from places where they would receive fresh seeds all year? Or does anyone even think that matters since they germinate so erratically usually..

I received some "miracle seed starter" from a local guy that says that he can sprout marigold seeds in 17 hours with this stuff to try out (I know they're easy anyway, but that did sound fast!) and I thought maybe banana seeds, being the biggest pain in the rear to start would be a great challenge for his product.
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Old 09-14-2007, 10:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Do you think it matters what time of the year you get your seeds?

I have no idea how that stuff works. You could try emailing the place your ordering from and ask them, but who knows if they'll give up that info. Would be interesting to know how fresh the seed really is. Its too bad they don't stamp a date on it like they do to veggie seeds (some companies). I do know that if you get enough seeds, you'll get some sprouts.
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Cool Re: Do you think it matters what time of the year you get your seeds?

Hi! I'm new here...
I would like to order 1000 seeds because I want to sell seeds (in Hungary)...
Unfortunately I don't find information about seeds viability.
How long will be viable the seeds?
Please help me!
(sorry for my bad English, but I have very bad english teacher in the school... )
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Old 09-30-2007, 08:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Do you think it matters what time of the year you get your seeds?

December seems the best month to buy seeds, since that is when most of the fresh seeds come on the market. Keep an eye on rare palm seeds web site since they are usually the first place to get new seeds.

1walaky- here's an anwser to your question,

Banana seeds(Ensete, Musa) aren't like most other seeds. If you crack one open you'll find a white starchy substance that is dry. This allows a seed to be viable for many years. In my opinion a banana seed can be viable until it discentigrates, is cooked(on heat mat or in sun), frozen(not sure but there has to be a minimum), or inside gets wet and molds/rots.
I have been able to germinate Musa balbisiana that barely had any black coating on the outside(down to paper thin membrane), because it was so old. I wouldn't give up on seeds for years, unless they are hollow, cooked(white starch turns yellowish), or have bugs/gnats which can spread.
Also some species seed seems to handle cold temps, such as Mussella lasiocarpa(golden lotus), which germinated for me after 2 months in the fridge.
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