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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 03-08-2014, 04:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Musa Ornata 'Aurea' x sikkimensis

I bought the seed for this plant in November of 2012. I had it in a flat and saw no signs of life which is normal for many banana seeds. I started doing the ziploc baggie method last fall and rescued what seed I could find from the flat, resoaked them, and placed them in baggies with bottom heat that shuts off for about an hour about 5 times a day.

Low and behold, today a sprout!!!

I had about 50 seeds when I started, and after a year and a half to get even one is a victory. I found that this banana has been given the name Musa Picasso. Also found out that the seedlings can be close to one parent or the other without a perfect cross. So will have to see what this little guy looks like when it starts putting out its leaves.

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Old 03-09-2014, 12:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Musa Ornata 'Aurea' x sikkimensis

Very cool! Who is (was) selling those seeds? Should be a potentially cold-hardy hybrid.

Edit: Just saw that Plant Delights in NC is selling these this year. I'll try one!

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Default Re: Musa Ornata 'Aurea' x sikkimensis

Purchased on Ebay from seller id moofin0 out of the UK. With the quantity of the seed, the price, and the parents, I thought I would give it a shot and see if I can have a little luck with getting some to germinate.
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