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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 06-10-2016, 03:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Musa Sikkimensis - when to lift/prick out seedlings?

Hi folks

I've got one shoot showing from 10 seeds so far:


At what point should I prick out/lift this - do I wait for the first leaf to develop or get it into a separate pot now?

Also I presume I should put a cloche etc over the pot to keep the humidity up to what it's used to until it's a bit further along?
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Old 06-11-2016, 05:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: Musa Sikkimensis - when to lift/prick out seedlings?

I would pot it up now, remove it from the propagator though.
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Default Re: Musa Sikkimensis - when to lift/prick out seedlings?

I always pot them up as soon as they pop up. You break roots easier if you wait. I put them in a solo cup with a zip lock bag on the top. Just keep humidity high while they are small.
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Thanks - potted up now and under a cloche (2 litre plastic bottle cut in half) on the windowsill - seems to have grown 2cm in the last 24 hours!

I've potted it up in a mix of 70:30 Coir compost (re hydrated from brick) and perlite. I added some liquid food to the water used to make up the compost otherwise it's pretty inert - does this sound like a suitable mix to continue with until it goes into the ground or should I look at something like ericaceous or citrus compost?
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I had the following setup for germination - I followed the seed supplier's instructions for germination:
48 hrs soak then sowed 1/4" deep in seed compost.
I placed the seed trays on my heated propagator base on a timer to give 9 hrs @ 30-35C and 15 hours at 12-15C (or as cool as the room got).

Interestingly this lil' guy popped up while we were having a hot spell so minimum temp never really dropped much below 20C - I'm wondering about trying leaving the propagator on to see if any of the other seeds will make a show?
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This is the seedling ~3 days after pricking out.
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Congrats looking good. I started my seeds in October or so of 2015. Most came up in 3-4 months. In April or so I threw all the seeds in pots of sand outside in the weather. They are still popping up every now and then. They can take a long time to all germinate. It's crazy.

I have a velutina blooming and making new seeds from the same batch that are still germinating.
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