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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 03-29-2009, 10:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Angry HELP with Ensete Superbum!

Of 10 Superbum seeds that I planted, five germinate. However I only have one plant left...mainly because my stupidy and mismanagment. The plant I have left is about tree inches tall, two leaves. The problem: the top half of both leaves have turned black. The stem is still rigid but looks pale...almost translucent. Is the normal or do I have a problem. It is currently in a window that gets very filtered sun in the afternoon. There is a thick shade tree in front of the window. I added long lasting fertilizer pellets when I planted it. It doesn't seem to be doing anything but just setting there. I don't want to lose my sole survivor. What is wrong and what can I do? Thanks

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Old 03-29-2009, 10:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Joy Re: HELP with Ensete Superbum!

Paul, I suspect you started the E superbum seedlings on the wet side. Also, giving them fert at this stage is too soon. It could be a combo of both overly damp and fert burn. Try changing the soil to a drier mix and more porous.

Check some of the older threads for germination and care of Ensete. Good luck.
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It is done! I think you are right. Anyway, there were no roots on the stem at all so I imagine it is a goner but I transplanted it anyway in hopes that a hair root or two survived. My soil was too wet. thanks for your advise.

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It is done! I think you are right. Anyway, there were no roots on the stem at all so I imagine it is a goner but I transplanted it anyway in hopes that a hair root or two survived. My soil was too wet. thanks for your advise.

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Paul,

Don't give up till it's not there anymore. You can keep the humidity up by misting it. I had sdlgs which had the bottom rotted off but came back when kept on the drier side and the environment kept humid.

When it makes it through a week or two, foliar feed it with something like the Alaska fish emulsion on the diluted side and nurse it back.

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Old 03-29-2009, 03:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
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Thanks. As long as it keeps hanging in there, i'll be there. Who do you recommend for good fresh ensete superbum seeds? I would like to try some more.

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I ordered seeds from Banana Tree planted about 50 3 weeks ago and just had three pop. Its the Thailand variety.
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Old 03-29-2009, 07:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
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Did you use the plastic bag, damp medium and bottom heat? Was wandering how sucessful I would be to sow them in a flat and cover with something like saran wrap without bottomheat. We are in the 80's and 90's day and 70's at night. Humidity is between 40-60%. This is pretty standard most of the year with just a bit milder temps and a few "cold" fronts (40-60) move through. So was wandering how they might germinate undfer those conditions only in flats rather than bags.

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I just planted them in moist pro mix in a flat. It does have a clear top. I just checked the temp and its 75 degrees. I think 80 or 90 would be even better. I would defiantly cover with saran wrap or get a cover for your flat. I have been germinating in zip locks with moist perlite at 80 degrees. I just float them in my aquarium but was running out of room there so I set this flat up in the basement. I have the flat sitting on an upside down rubbermaid with a 60 watt bulb inside to provide bottom heat (warning: if not set up properly this can be a fire hazard). It's been about 55 degrees down there and the bulb has the pro mix at 75 degrees.

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Old 03-29-2009, 09:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: HELP with Ensete Superbum!

I know what you mean about running out of space. I incubate eggs all year around and I load the outside of the incubators up with ziplocks....runs 80-85 degrees. sure makes it tough when I need to get into the incubator! I am going to try flats, especially during the summer months. My keep using zip locks during the winter because of nighttime temps...50's and 60's. Between my egg hatching and seed germinating, I use up all my extra space. Thanks for the tips. Just ordered some more Supers.


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