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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 05-03-2009, 03:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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can you grow plantain seeed from the grocery store? or no?? help!! please!!!!!!
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Old 05-03-2009, 04:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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can you grow plantain seeed from the grocery store? or no?? help!! please!!!!!!
you actually found a store that sells the seeded plantain variety??? you think you may have viable seeds? thats interesting

the funny thing about tropical fruit from grocery stores....it depends.the big question is where did the plaintain come from???papayas seed for example:you can cut open a papaya and get some seeds from the caribean red(mostly grown in mexico)and germinate them. but its harder if you try to grow seeds from hawaiian fruit because it has been exposed to radiation. the main reason was to kill pests and stop them from traveling. the radiation can kill the seed also.in a way it could be a good thing also since a lot of hawiian grown seed are gmo.(genetically modified organisms).

anyways regardless of where the seed came from and you still want to try it from curiousity... you can take out the seeds and dry them out for about a week...then you can soak them overnight and then try germinate them the next morning..i wouldnt even put them in any controlled environment to get them to germinate i would just put em outside and see what happens. let us know what happens.
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is the seeds soposed to be big???? i saw the seeds and they were really small ,so i geuss the seeds aerent ripe yet??? hmmm:\ please let me know ,i know nothing about growing bananas/plantains from seed so i need all the help i can get!!! THNXXXX
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thank you for the help ,i thuoght they may be sterile ,but i wasn't sure ,anyway if your plantain gets suckers i'd love to buy one or trade for something ,do the plantains often get pups? what do you think is the difference between a plantain and a regular banana? are they bigger or the same? thnxx!! again!!
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Without going into too much detailed science, basically you can't grow seedless (edible) bananas from seed, because if the plant had seeds from which you could plant, then the fruit of that plant would also have seeds and thus not be considered an edible banana.

There is no difference between a banana and a plantain, because they are not equal terms. A plantain is a specific type of banana, all plantains are closely related and in the same subgroup of edible bananas. Bananas that are sweet when ripe are called dessert bananas. Not all bananas that can be cooked are plantains, there are many bananas that are used for cooking that do not belong to the plantain subgroup
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Without going into too much detailed science, basically you can't grow seedless (edible) bananas from seed, because if the plant had seeds from which you could plant, then the fruit of that plant would also have seeds and thus not be considered an edible banana.

There is no difference between a banana and a plantain, because they are not equal terms. A plantain is a specific type of banana, all plantains are closely related and in the same subgroup of edible bananas. Bananas that are sweet when ripe are called dessert bananas. Not all bananas that can be cooked are plantains, there are many bananas that are used for cooking that do not belong to the plantain subgroup
Totally agree with you Gabe(cos I did try to germ them without any results). The cutlivars here which are usually with big ensete-like sds are the Pisang Awak and Pisang Abu. Cool looking, I just save them and when I have enough, I will string them up into a chain for the fun of it.
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Wow ,that would be so awesome for you to ship me a plantain pup (if they grow) your sooooooo nice =) (: anyway thanx for all the help everyone ,but now i'm confused to what the answer is since there is 2 different opinions lol ) let me know wats up ttyl!!!!!!
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haha well thanxx for your'e help!!! haaha do you have any musa basjoo? what other kinds do you have? i once had a "ice cream dessert" banana and i beleive it was the most beutifull banana i have ever seen ,it was huge!! but back then i lived in zone 7 and it died in the winter i was a dummy haha
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seeded varieties are crunchier than the non seeded bananas true,but that doesnt stop people from eating them..the ones with a low seed content are still eaten by people all over the world.the seeded variety are not considered to be edible by commercial standards. thise guys are telling facts,and expressing oppinion also. would grapes be any less edible if they had seeds?? the seedless variety are easier to eat..of course
Not trying to start a war here.... From a layman's point of view and not to go scientific, basically there are 2 main types of 'naners;

1. Species - these are the true wild plants and have totally seeded fruits. Depending on the species, it ranges anything from 70sds to 120 sds per fruit. There is very little pulp and the purpose of it seems to be just to hold the sds together. Some are very sweet, like the Musa acuminata sp but it's really a mouthful of sds. If you are in the jungle, probably eating them will give you sufficient energy to sustain you.

2. Cultivars - These were developed and mutated form the species millenniums ago and then selectively pursued by the people to be what they are today. However, some of them due to their lineage does have a couple of sds occurring in the fruits sporadically. There is however, 1 cultivar which is known to regularly have quite a few seeds and the fruits are basically used for making dessert cakes with the sds removed. This is the Pisang Bijik Awak.

In conclusion, the ones with a few seeds are basically the cultivars and the seeds being few don't really break the teeth!
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