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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 12-13-2017, 11:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hi all!

I have another bunch of musa seed ordered and expect them to arrive in the next couple of days. I have been wondering whether instead of soaking them in warm water, scarring them, using stratification, or something else, it would help to squash an eating banana from the store, mix in the seeds and let the whole thing rot for a while. Has anyone tried this, and would it help to soften the seeds and get them to sprout faster? (Likewise I've considered softening them though the digestive trackt, but I'm not prepared to go down that road )

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just build your self a seed propagator I built mine from an old dorm refrigerator used a 150 watt ceramic heater element with an 10 buck ebay digital thermostat maintains = or - 2 degrees and a small led grow lite if they dont sprout at 80 degrees and 100 % humidity
they aint gona sprout
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Hi obdiah, thanks for you reply!
My current setup is quite alright I guess; I planned to put the soaked seeds in moist soil in a small plastic garden centre propagator, close to our soapstone fireplace which radiates heat for a long time and in a cycle. And then there is an led growlight on top of the plexiglass cover which adds both light for the small plants and a little extra heat in the propagator itself.

In the future I would like to build some decent setup like yours! Where do you get the heating element? Can they be salvaged from other electrics or do they need to be safe and waterresistant for the moist environment?

Also, do you just plant the seeds directly into the soil without soaking them or something?
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just build your self a seed propagator I built mine from an old dorm refrigerator used a 150 watt ceramic heater element with an 10 buck ebay digital thermostat maintains = or - 2 degrees and a small led grow lite if they dont sprout at 80 degrees and 100 % humidity
they aint gona sprout
I have searched eBay and can not find a suitable thermostat for any price. Can you give good search info or a link.

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I have searched eBay and can not find a suitable thermostat for any price. Can you give good search info or a link.

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try typing; seed germination heat mat. you will find digital thermostats there on ebay.
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I have searched eBay and can not find a suitable thermostat for any price. Can you give good search info or a link.

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I have bought a couple of these on eBay.

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Hydroponics Digital Heat Mat Thermostat Temperature Controller

ITEM PRICE:
US $18.99

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