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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 11-09-2008, 12:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Question Helen's hybrid, sikkimensis etc

OK I live in the UK, which is coming up to the shortest day (about 6 hours daylight if we're lucky), December 21st I believe. I planted some Helen's hybrid and musa sikkimensis about 5 or six weeks ago when there was more light.

The question(s) How important is light to germination of musas, or indeed any banana?
I'm getting fed up waiting for these seeds to come up, I've tried to give them a cooler night and a warm day, but my cool probably isn't that cool (between 15 - 18 degrees C) my warm is good enough about 30-35 degrees.

I've got hold of some itinerans, daj. giant, red tiger and yannanensis seeds, but feel loathed to get them going if light is really important.

Anyway, I've put my Helen's and sikkis in the fridge overnight to try and shock them into some action. They're himilayan (sp) so my reasoning is give them a bit of extra cold to spark them into life.

Am I being impatient? Yes I am! I want nanas! Got some ventricosum going with no probs.
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Old 11-09-2008, 01:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Helen's hybrid, sikkimensis etc

Banana seeds themselves are not responsive to photoperiod, so short days will not be an issue. They can be responsive to warmth associated with the amount of direct sunlight hitting the soil surface in their wild habitats, but this is not an issue when hobby growing unless you were to direct seed all your bananas into the ground.

6 Weeks isn't very long, they may well take months (occasionally years in some cases) to germinate, so be patient.
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Default Re: Helen's hybrid, sikkimensis etc

6 months or more for germination is not uncommon. I have some red tiger still sulking a year after sowing. I am just about to try some chini champa seeds with various methods to see if i can get those to sprout any quicker.
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Hi,
I'v sow Musa Helen's Hybrid today. When can I expect germination?
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I'v sow Musa Helen's Hybrid today. When can I expect germination?
Hi Egle, if your sds are good to go, they normally sprout by the 3rd week after sowing. Being a true hybrid, don't be surprised if the sdlg come up with 2 little p-stems. Kinda cute looking thing. All the best!
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Default Re: Helen's hybrid, sikkimensis etc

I think that I should just send all of my seeds to you, Tog. Then I know that they are going to germinate. Here I have 4 - 72 cell trays on heat mats with little or no germination. I think I have seeds for over 20 types of bananas in these trays and more that have yet to be sown.
Some have been in there for 6 months. So what do you think? Then when I move to China in a year or so, I will come to get some from you. Deal??? (I am serious)
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I think that I should just send all of my seeds to you, Tog. Then I know that they are going to germinate. Here I have 4 - 72 cell trays on heat mats with little or no germination. I think I have seeds for over 20 types of bananas in these trays and more that have yet to be sown.
Some have been in there for 6 months. So what do you think? Then when I move to China in a year or so, I will come to get some from you. Deal??? (I am serious)
Hey Scot, China? Why are you going to China to stay? Did Beth convince you its cool to run far, far away from home? Not kidding here.

Please read my line...if your sds are good to go. Did your stuff come from rps? I had very low germn rate from most of their stuff and got like one Helen's Hybrid which made it to 2ft p-stem height.

Ok, if you are dead serious, I can babysit your sd germination till hatching and find a way to get them back to you. I have such an arrangement with one of the guys on the board. He will post something soon on what we are doing.

China.....sheesssh.... One of the last places I want to end up.
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Default Re: Helen's hybrid, sikkimensis etc

Yep, China - I really wish I could move there sooner than a year from now, but I have commitments that must be fulfilled.
China has such beauty, culture and fascination for me.

Perhaps Beth and I had similar motivations for moving, who knows? I have been studying China for a long time and want to live there and explore it while I am still able. I will probably teach for a living. I hope to go to Tian Zi on my next visit.
If you will PM your mailing address I will send the seeds to you. Some are from RPS, but most are not. Most came from various sources, including our members here. Others, such as Ingens I bought directly from PNG.
Thank you for helping me out.
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