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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 02-13-2009, 02:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recived some seed and put them in the water for soaking but they all floats. What to do if it is posiblle to do anything? Are they compllitlly gone? Did anybody tryed to germinate such seed?
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Old 02-13-2009, 02:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sometimes they float because they are rotted inside and have a large cavity of air, but sometimes they float just because there are small pockets of air caught inside and are very dry. Although this is definitely a sign that they are not fresh, it is still possible that they will germinate. Let them soak for a couple days and then plant them.
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I had originally thought all floaters would not be viable as well. Tog had mentioned that Musa violascens seed all float and that it was probably because of their streamside habitat so it might just be natural adptation for some species. Nothing to lose by trying. Good luck with them.
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I had originally thought all floaters would not be viable as well. Tog had mentioned that Musa violascens seed all float and that it was probably because of their streamside habitat so it might just be natural adptation for some species. Nothing to lose by trying. Good luck with them.
Musa violascens also has a huge endosperm chamber relative to the whole seed so there is lots of room for air unlike some other species.
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Gabe... The seed referred to is seed I sent that I got from you.. Would this seed fall in to a catgory where floating would be normal???
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Gabe... The seed referred to is seed I sent that I got from you.. Would this seed fall in to a catgory where floating would be normal???
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Those seeds should sink normally, but even still, floating does not necessarily mean they are not viable.
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Well, for this time on Higa is allmost all down but Balbisianas are on butterfly swimming 50m race.
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The Higas all floated initially, then sank after 2 days of soaking. They should be fine.
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i just started soakin a bunch of ensete glaucum seeds all of them float and so do my caster beans and flame thrower palm seeds r they suppose to or did i buy junk
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Old 02-26-2009, 12:35 AM   #10 (permalink)
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i just started soakin a bunch of ensete glaucum seeds all of them float and so do my caster beans and flame thrower palm seeds r they suppose to or did i buy junk
Hey J, as far as I am concerned, E glaucum and Flame Thrower, Chambeyronia macrocarpa seeds are sinkers unless they are bad. I don't know anything about caster beans.
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I also have Balbisianas seed that are floating, is that normal? I planted the other variety that I had, they had all sunk.

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I also have Balbisianas seed that are floating, is that normal? I planted the other variety that I had, they had all sunk.

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Hi Michael, most M balbisiana sds sink... soak a couple more days and see what happens. These are normally very vigorous sprouters. Recently I got 27/30. First sprout started at 12 days, and by another 10 days, the rest were smiling at me. Now I am over loaded with them as I did not expect so many to come up!
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I just got what is suppose to be perrieri seeds...25 in all and 23 are floating.
I have decided after I got them today and the extreme postage I paid for them to go up the road 200 miles, I'm never ordering from this vendor again.
$6.00 for first class mail and 25 seeds...sheesh
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Could you post a photo of the seeds, quite often Perrieri seeds are mislabelled?
Perrieri seeds should be slightly flat and covered in nobbles.

see this thread for confirmation

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Could you post a photo of the seeds, quite often Perrieri seeds are mislabelled?
Perrieri seeds should be slightly flat and covered in nobbles.

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I knew someone would ask for pics...sooo I did take pics of them...let me see if I can get them loaded on here without too much fuss.
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Could you post a photo of the seeds, quite often Perrieri seeds are mislabelled?
Perrieri seeds should be slightly flat and covered in nobbles.

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I managed to get them into my gallery but they still won't post here.
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Woww were dis you get these seeds? Can you send me the link??
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I managed to get them into my gallery but they still won't post here.

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Woww were dis you get these seeds? Can you send me the link??
Ebay sellers name is "theplantattraction" but beware I reluctantly bought seeds from her this year.

She sold me expensive seed last year that was full of bugs and completely unviable.

I asked her to send me a pic of these seeds before I thought about buying them and she refused... so I only bought 1/2 of what I wanted.

Not to mention the postage was horrific...sent them to me first class mail in 1/2 a bubble envy, which is fine. How much room do 25 seeds need? There not huge or anything, but she only lives a couple hundred miles from me and the postage was $6.00 for 25 seeds sent first class mail?

I sell on Ebay so I am aware of the cost involved in shipping but I thought it was way overblown!

Last but not least, I don't like all my seeds floating, it may or may not mean anything that they are floating but they have been soaking now almost 24 hours and show no signs of sinking and there all upside down to boot.

So there you have it, theplantattraction on Ebay
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