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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 07-16-2007, 09:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have some newly sprouted Musa velutina seedlings.

Do I need to be misting these little guys a lot? They seem to be turning brown. I've got these guys inside, and since it's summer, I figured the ambient humidity was enough. I have been keeping the potting mix (coir/peat based) a little dry, since last time I had Musa seedlings, they ended up with fungus on the potting mix and they all died
It's all a balancing act, isn't it?

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Old 07-16-2007, 02:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Oooh brown sounds bad...

yes misting is good, but you gotta keep the ventilation going. why not try one of those mini cloche thingys, keeps the humidity really high but you can open the tops for ventilation

see ebay item number 120140594376 (I know this is in the UK but they must sell the same thing over there)

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Velutinas are easy to sprout, so you should be able to try again in no time. At your latitude I would plant seeds outside (in shade) in community pots and leave them there. You will that way get the necessary temperature fluctuations naturally. When they sprout, plant them in individual pots. At the seedling-stage, leave them in the shade or part shade. As they grow bigger and get more extensive root-systems, put them in full sun.

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Brown doesn't sound good! Erlend's advice is very good. Inside conditions are probably too cool and dry. The seedlings will stay small for a whole lot longer while inside. The fungus will like cool conditions much better than hot, so when you put them outside you shouldn't have to worry about that.
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