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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 01-06-2017, 11:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I have recently tried germinating two types of banana seed, Musa balbisiana Atia Black and Musa sikkimensis. From the 20 seed that I bought I have had 4 germinate so far but of the two best once the first leaf is just popping out it withers and dies off.

I first thought it might be a lack of humidity but the second has gone the same way with a more humid environment.

Can anyone suggest what the issue might be?
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Old 01-06-2017, 12:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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what size are your pots and how much water are you giving them. congrats on getting some to start.
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Default Re: Seedling issues.

The pots are 4cm diameter by 5cm deep, I don't allow them to dry out and would say they are kept wet but not drenched.

I have been leaving them in the propagator which is heated to about 27c, should I be taking them out after they've broken the surface?

They are germinating in a coconut coir.

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Sounds like damping off, a fungus. They need light and air. Take them out of the propagator as soon as they have germinated this will go some way to solving your problem.
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Cheers, have taken them out as of last night. Do you think it's worth putting them into 7cm pots at this point?

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They should be OK for now - be sure not to over water also
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