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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 02-15-2016, 03:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I finally got my seeds, and from what I read, the first step is soaking the seeds... For 6 days? What temperature should the water be? Should the temperature of the water fluctuate?
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I normally soak mine for 2 or 3 days and leave them on a hot radiator
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Ok, I've have soaked the seeds (50 sikkimensis and 54 velutina) in water I had boiled and then cooled previously, they have been in the water for 48 hours in a room at 24 C.
Now I poured hot water on some dry baby wipes, and when they had cooled down I packed the seeds in them and placed them in a plastic bag. I'll place them in a room at 25 C during the day and in another at 12 C during the night.

(Trying to follow the informations I found on this document: Seed Germination Studies in Musa. II. Alternating Temperature Requirement for the Germination of Musa balbisiana on JSTOR ""The temperature differentials optimal for germination in soil are dependent upon both the high and low temperatures, and range from 8-23 C. Germination is maximal when the seeds are held 6-12 hr at the high (27-35 C) and 12-18 hr at the low (12-18 C) temperatures. Some germination can be induced by short exposures to alternating temperatures followed by constant high temperatures, but continuous exposure to alternating temperatures is necessary for maximum germination.")

I hope I'll get something...
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That sound really complicated I hope you do well using your method
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It's been some days now, but obviously, still nothing. Considering that "normal" seeds take about 3 days to germinate, trying to germinate bananas is quite depressing...
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It's been some days now, but obviously, still nothing. Considering that "normal" seeds take about 3 days to germinate, trying to germinate bananas is quite depressing...
Don't give up hope it my suprise you
Some of mine just Popped out of hibernation after 4 weeks

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I just checked the seeds and found out that the "belly button" of one of the sikkimensis seeds has come out!
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And now??
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Plant it - watch it grow - enjoy!
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I just checked the seeds and found out that the "belly button" of one of the sikkimensis seeds has come out!
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And now??
I wait for the roots to grow and the little sprout to start growing
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I wait for the roots to grow and the little sprout to start growing
Good to know. I started mine 2 weeks ago. The waiting is hard to do.
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Bananas are always fun to see germinate. I have 6 Thai Black germinating right now.
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I started mine about 3 weeks ago nothing coming up yet.
Yes mark the waiting is hard.
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Just checked mine today and this




Soaked them from February 22 to the 24th
Then planted them and kept heat mat set to 87 degrees for 8 hours then Rey of the time off
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Good job Kevin!
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Galaad how are your seeds doing
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Badly. It looks like they are germinating, and then they rot :-(
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How big are they when they start rotting? After mine got their first leaf I transplanted mine. Do you keep watering the mix or something. I only watered them one time after moistening the mix to start and only lightly cause it was looking like it was finally getting a little dry on the top. I re moistened with a spray bottle.
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They rot right after they start to stick out from the seed opening. I kept them in a moist cloth in a plastic bag... Maybe too wet.
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Yeah that's what I'm thinking.
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How about some mould spray or something like that
Make sure they have rot free soil or cloth
You could swap out the bag and cloth if it keeps happening as banana seeds are very sensitive to fungi
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