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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 11-27-2012, 04:46 PM   #101 (permalink)
 
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Thanks sunfish, a really good article on breeding. So it seems that acid kills seed but scarifying with sandpaper or poking a hole with a pin to break through the inner layer of seed coat may help germination.
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Very interesting article on germination and dormancy
http://www.musalit.org/pdf/IN970066_en.pdf

This paper recommends chipping and 9 alternating cycles of warm and cool temperatures (12-18C for12 hrs, 35C for 12 hrs)
http://www.ogtr.gov.au/internet/ogtr...gybanana08.pdf

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Is it not a good idea to use jiffy pots to germinate seeds in?
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Hi,
How long does it take germination Musas ? I have it sown March 1, 2013 and still not germinate , I musa sikkimensis , itinerans , balbisiana, cheesmanii, sikkimensis red tiger . Thank you for the feedback . Vlasta

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How long does it take germination Musas ? I have it sown March 1, 2013 and still not germinate , I musa sikkimensis , itinerans , balbisiana, cheesmanii, sikkimensis red tiger . Thank you for the feedback . Vlasta
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I think whether seed still have a chance on germination. Is in temps 30īC on 10 hours, and in night on room temps. Thanks Vlasta
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:31 PM   #107 (permalink)
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Hello, I am from Vancouver Island, BC, newly registered but have visited the site from time to time and thoroughly appreciate the knowledge I have picked up.

This germination info is great, very helpful. I would be very interested in seeing some pics of the bag technique if one of you happens to be doing another germination in the near future and feels compelled to post some photos.

I haven't actually tried germinating banana seeds before and am looking forward to giving it a shot

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Hello all I was curious if anyone on the forum can possibly tell me varieties that produce VERY LARGE SEEDS. If anyone viewed the video on YouTube listed below I just am wanting to get some seeds that produce VERY LARGE SEEDS.
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http://youtu.be/GaU0W4wd79M
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Ps. I have googled everything I can type to try to locate that information but no luck.
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It's Giant Ensete Ventricosum, can't seem to get anything else these days.
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I was hoping to see your video "Musa germination guide" but the link does not work for me. Has it been taken down?
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Just curiously, and I am sure this question has been asked before so I apologize for the repeat but I couldn't seem to find an answer; has anyone had any success germinating Musa in a water wash as one might use to make salad sprouts? i.e. soak for whatever time period, then drain and wash 2-3 times daily.
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You could try it, but the annoying thing about banana seeds is that they have an inner cuticle that is impervious to water. So you can soak them as long as you like they won't absorb water. (read the article from the link attached) The only way round it is either mechanically break that cuticle, which quite often results in mould growth - in my experience anyway; or to remove the embryo and grow in vitro. That is why freshness is key. If the seeds are fresh they will germinate, but of they go dormant then only very specific conditions will allow it to germinate. The question is - what are those conditions? I suspect it may have something to do with UV light.

By all means try.
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That's very informative, thank you very much, greatly appreciated.
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