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*Dearly Depotted* 01-21-2021 08:14 PM

Need a little help with seed germination
 
I am thinking about trying to grow some bananas from seed again. Now the first time I tried it, it didnít work. I used salt peter in the water and soaked it for about 3 days. I then planted them in potting mix. I then put the containers right out on the deck in the summer sun. None of them ever grew.:0491: So what is the trick to doing it right? Do I have to use a heat mat? Any advice?! Thanks so much in advance for any help!

Dalmatiansoap 01-22-2021 12:59 AM

Re: Need a little help with seed germination
 
Fresh seeds solves most problems. Normal potting mix, some heat and you can cover pots with transparent plastic bags to keep humidity.

*Dearly Depotted* 01-23-2021 04:49 PM

Re: Need a little help with seed germination
 
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Originally Posted by Dalmatiansoap (Post 338281)
Fresh seeds solves most problems. Normal potting mix, some heat and you can cover pots with transparent plastic bags to keep humidity.

Thank you so much for your help & reply! Itís good to know some information about how to get seeds to grow!:nanadrink::goteam:

romsgames85 03-15-2021 09:37 AM

Re: Need a little help with seed germination
 
Nice hints, mates! I've never managed to grow a banana but I'm on my way

edwmax 03-15-2021 01:14 PM

Re: Need a little help with seed germination
 
Banana seeds are very difficult to germinate. .... I think ideally very fresh seeds that hasn't dried out would be the best for germination. .... Scarifying the seeds helps to get moisture into the seed for germination. Some seed types are impervious to water and gasses and requires some sort of action to break or remove the seed hull before germination can occur. ... Use the forum search for other threads about scarification of banana seeds by forum users for more info.


I suspect one of 2 things happen in the wild for banana seeds to germinate: 1) the banana drops to the ground and the seed germinates within the fruit before the seed hull ever drys. ...2) an animal eats the banana and the gastric fluids dissolves the seed hull. Then the seed germinates in the animal's dung before drying out. .... just my opinion ....

Backyard Banana Joe 03-16-2021 05:34 PM

Re: Need a little help with seed germination
 
Max... Or maybe the animal is eating the banana and biting the flesh off the seeds and scarifying the seeds as it eats? I dunno :08::nanadrink:

*Dearly Depotted* 03-17-2021 08:39 PM

Re: Need a little help with seed germination
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by edwmax (Post 339186)
Banana seeds are very difficult to germinate. .... I think ideally very fresh seeds that hasn't dried out would be the best for germination. .... Scarifying the seeds helps to get moisture into the seed for germination. Some seed types are impervious to water and gasses and requires some sort of action to break or remove the seed hull before germination can occur. ... Use the forum search for other threads about scarification of banana seeds by forum users for more info.


I suspect one of 2 things happen in the wild for banana seeds to germinate: 1) the banana drops to the ground and the seed germinates within the fruit before the seed hull ever drys. ...2) an animal eats the banana and the gastric fluids dissolves the seed hull. Then the seed germinates in the animal's dung before drying out. .... just my opinion ....

Pretty interesting! So sounds like scarifying the seeds is the way to go! Itís something to think that a banana plant can grow from a seed! Not only that but that same seed has gone through an animalís gastric system!:eek: :ha: Makes sense though! Yeah Iíll check out some other threads.... Thanks as always! :0517:

edwmax 03-17-2021 09:14 PM

Re: Need a little help with seed germination
 
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Originally Posted by *Dearly Depotted* (Post 339259)
Pretty interesting! So sounds like scarifying the seeds is the way to go! It’s something to think that a banana plant can grow from a seed! Not only that but that same seed has gone through an animal’s gastric system!:eek: :ha: Makes sense though! Yeah I’ll check out some other threads.... Thanks as always! :0517:


Some can but not all varities. Most desert type bananas have an odd number of chromosomes which can not divide evely; and thus are sterile.

*Dearly Depotted* 03-18-2021 12:49 AM

Re: Need a little help with seed germination
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by edwmax (Post 339261)
Some can but not all varities. Most desert type bananas have an odd number of chromosomes which can not divide evely; and thus are sterile.

Yeah youíre right! If all varieties had seeds we wouldnít be able to eat store bought bananas then! :ha: Even so itís still pretty cool!

*Dearly Depotted* 03-18-2021 01:06 AM

Re: Need a little help with seed germination
 
I also have to add that Iíve got some 25 seeds in my propagator right now! So wish me luck! If I have success Iíll let yaíll know!


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