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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 01-01-2010, 01:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Talking Ensete Ventricosum - Sprouting Now

Here is my first Ensete Ventricosum sprout!!! It has three tiny little water droplets on the sprout. Isn't it cute?





In this picture I pushed away the peat so you could see the top of the seed itself. With this being the first one I didn't want to disturb it to much. But will try to show the roots of the next one!


I received these seeds the day before Thanksgiving, so this is right at 6 weeks from receiving them to first sprout. Hope I will have more to follow soon!

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Old 01-01-2010, 01:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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WOOT!!! YAHOOO!!! YAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!!

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Great feeling
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Second that! The couple I kept from seed( E. Glaucum and M Sikkimensis var. Darjeeling Giant) are among my favorites. Congrats on the sprouts!
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2nd Day growth has almost doubled in size! My camera flash is bleaching out the color a bit - it is a light green.





I want to thank Zoloff for sending me these seeds!!!!!

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Very nice! Congrads!
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I have already had to put this one in a cup. It grows very fast!



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Last week I knocked my grow light onto my Velutina and Ensete seedlings. The Velutina fell to the floor and it didn't make it. The Ensete immediately bruised and I thought it would die as well, but it has pulled through. The darkness you see on the pstem was where it bruised and it has grown that much since the accident. The slight deformity and discoloration on the leaf tip was the bruise. Here is my darling Ensete today 1/14/09:











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Good News! I have my second Ensete Ventricosum sprout. I just put it into a cup and we will see what happens. This is from the seeds I received from Zoloff the week of Thanksgiving and the second group I have attempted germination.





The first sprout shown in this thread didn't make it, I am sad to say. But I have another chance now.....and hoping I will get a few more to sprout....and hoping I can continue taking pictures as it grows into a BIG ensete!

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I am so excited for you, way to go!!! Keep us posted with new pics
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Sorry to hear about the other sprout Best of luck on this one...glad you have a second shot at it!!
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aw baby bananas are so cute.. they look sorta like corns don't they : )
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Hi, i just ordered Ensete seeds, can't wait for them to arrive. I noticed your seed is on the surface of the soil. Does seed push up that way? Do you plant it the depth of the seed? I also ordered a heating matt. Appreciate any information you can give me.
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Raggedy - I put the seed under the peat about seed depth. I brushed the peat back to show the seed for the pictures. You can see in the first pictures the little mound behind the seed. When I transferred to the cup I just let it stay exposed. This second sprout the seed is completely covered. Patience will be the key factor. It was 6 weeks before I saw anything with the first sprout and have read it can take longer (for some people sooner - but that was not my experience). I recently acquired other types of banana seeds and 4 weeks have been the soonest to see anything. I try different methods for germination. I do soak all the seeds 24 to 48 hours before planting. I have scarified and haven't (with all the different types of seeds), and with these two sprouts neither were scarified. Hope this helps and Good Luck!

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I have some seeds that seem viable. I hope they turn out like yours :^)
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Few new ones



I keep them in germ. box for all time now and just add new seeds in. So they are popping every week now. Its easyer to maintain them this way than with many of them at once.
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Few new ones. I keep them in germ. box for all time now and just add new seeds in. So they are popping every week now. Its easyer to maintain them this way than with many of them at once.
Mine are just being stubborn :^) (Probably have Olives coming up first for me)
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