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Old 04-22-2021, 11:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Where can I get fresh ensete seeds?

I would like to try and start some seeds. I've tried before with some success but I think fresh is really the answer. Does anyone know of a source for fresh seeds?

Ensete Glaucum
Ensete ventricosum

maybe others? I successfully started Ensete superbum from seed last year but the source was in India and I don't think they can ship here anymore. Or, at least his Etsy store is closed.
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Old 04-22-2021, 06:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: Where can I get fresh ensete seeds?

i have successfully germinated ensete ventricosum var large seed from rarepalmseeds
it is a good practice to order from their "new" section
which i just checked and they do have the ensete glaucum in the new section
there is a minimum order
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Send self addressed, stamped envelope (bubble) to P.J. Knop, 26175 Ticonderoga Rd, Chantilly, Va, 20152 (Mark personal as this is my office and an empty envelope might be mistaken for a mistake :-) PJKFarm@gmail.com. will send a couple of ripe bananas - actually about three weeks old since harvest. I have had terrible luck germinating seeds (like 1 out of fifty when allowed to dry). When I planted straight from the banana, I have been getting better than 50%, sometimes 70% germination. This time around I have maybe 40 plants when I wanted a dozen - very upsetting as the thought of chucking good plants hurts when I have slaved for years to get the odd one here and there.
Anyway, this should give 30 or more seeds so should get some plants. Have about 20 bananas, so if anyone else wants some, same deal, self addressed stamped envelope, bubble really needed. I will be splitting the banana into three segments so will not be very thick..
Oh yes, this is E, ventricosum. If anyone has maurelli or glaucum, would appreciate those as have had zero luck with anything other than tc plants, and they outgrew my ability to handle. These plants really need to be treated as bi-annual, look great the first year, get BIG second year, and then monsters - I am trying this year to save the pstem - seems like they need some dirt and water as those I overwintered in root cellar with regular bananas did not make it (bananas did).
Speaking of survival, my supposed sikkimensis with mild winter and super protection barely (I think) made it - corm looks semi-solid and green, so am hoping, when the basjoos next to them have leaves all over, with one actually pushing a flower which was ready to pop in the fall before we chopped off leaves and piled leaf bags around them.
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I will send an envelope so please save me one.

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i have successfully germinated ensete ventricosum var large seed from rarepalmseeds
it is a good practice to order from their "new" section
which i just checked and they do have the ensete glaucum in the new section
there is a minimum order
good luck
I went to place an order but the Phytosanitary Certificate is $54. Too much for me. I was so excited until I got to that point. I was going to buy 3 different kinds of seeds.
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i never got the phyto certificate and i have placed several orders with them
always made it no problem but this is in canada so i have no idea what the ordering process is like as an american

if there is an option to place the order without it i would try
sorry it did not work out for you
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i never got the phyto certificate and i have placed several orders with them
always made it no problem but this is in canada so i have no idea what the ordering process is like as an american

if there is an option to place the order without it i would try
sorry it did not work out for you
I checked again and it is mandatory for the US. I'm trying some seeds from India which I have had good luck with before. Except last time they didn't get out of customs. I'm hoping for better this time.
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Envelope is on its way! Thank you again so much.

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Send self addressed, stamped envelope (bubble) to P.J. Knop, 26175 Ticonderoga Rd, Chantilly, Va, 20152 (Mark personal as this is my office and an empty envelope might be mistaken for a mistake :-) PJKFarm@gmail.com. will send a couple of ripe bananas - actually about three weeks old since harvest. I have had terrible luck germinating seeds (like 1 out of fifty when allowed to dry). When I planted straight from the banana, I have been getting better than 50%, sometimes 70% germination. This time around I have maybe 40 plants when I wanted a dozen - very upsetting as the thought of chucking good plants hurts when I have slaved for years to get the odd one here and there.
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Good Luck! You will have a plantation if you get decent germination :-)
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I have sprouts!





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This is one week later. I can't believe all these banana babies! I've put 5 into bigger pots, 2x2x7, because they are getting so tall.

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