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DIY - Gardening Do It Yourself Do you know a good gardening DIY plan? Are you in need for some good DIY ideas? This is the forum to discuss all Do It Yourself plans and questions. For example, learn about: The pipe work to support banana bunches, making pots out of newspaper, using plastic cups as pots, tips for building coverings for plants during winter, etc. If you know a good DIY plan, please share it here, and if you need one, please ask away!


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Old 04-06-2009, 08:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Question Musa Velutina???

Hi everyone, I am new to growing Bananas, I have a small Musa Helens Hybrid and a Musa Basjoo, I perhaps am trying to run before I can walk, but I am trying to grow Musa Velutina from seed, I have done the text book preparation of steralising the compost and soaking the seeds in warm water, I have sown the seeds in a tray and wrapped it in a plastic carrier bag. Is there anything else I need to be doing. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-06-2009, 11:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi BB, I think you are going in the right direction of growing 'naners from seeds. It is an extremely rewarding venture. So far what you have done is pretty good. Check out the older threads on the seed germination forum and you will find many interesting postings there.

Good viable Musa dasycarpa syn Musa velutina sds should pop within 3 weeks. All the best!
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Sounds like you have a good start. I haven't had any luck so far with mine. So keep us posted.

Have you read this thread?

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I am looking for some velutina seeds. Anyone have any ideas?
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I am looking for some velutina seeds. Anyone have any ideas?
I have some seeds from my clump. Send me a PM.
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Good luck with those. btw, let's remember that what was called M. velutina is more correctly named Musa dasycarpa.
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I've got some dasycarpa seeds, got some good germination from them too.

I think you are doing the correct thing, but whenever I've used sterile soil a fungus grows like nothing else on the soil, it must be from my fingers or something. So I don't bother with the sterile soil anymore.

And what ever Tog says add another 3 weeks on top of that, he's living in some kind of utopia no offence Tog.
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Good luck with those. btw, let's remember that what was called M. velutina is more correctly named Musa dasycarpa.
I wish they would have kept the velutina name. I'm used to that, and I like it better too!
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And what ever Tog says add another 3 weeks on top of that, he's living in some kind of utopia no offence Tog.
James, vacate whoever is least popular from your household and keep a stove going in that room 24hrs like the old Victorian time stove room which they use to grow orchids. Betcha will get good results.

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I wish they would have kept the velutina name. I'm used to that, and I like it better too!
Yep, agree totally. Pains me to call it some daisycrappa thingy.
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Joy Re: Musa Velutina???

Thanks everyone for the inspiring support and confidence, I will keep you all posted. My Helens Hybrid is doing exceptionally well at the moment, whilst still only a baby, it has trebled in over the past couple of weeks.
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Yep, agree totally. Pains me to call it some daisycrappa thingy.[/quote]

(For a change) I totally agree with your spelling!
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I've gotten seeds for these three different times now from different places. I soak them in a 1:10 solution of bleach or 1t/1gal physan 20 for 10 minutes before planting them. The first batch must have been good seeds. I got like 30/50 and they came up right away. Ever since then the seeds I've gotten have been like 1 or 2/50. But the presoak takes care of the fungus usually.
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Whoop Whoop, I now have three little Musa dasycarpa. from ten seeds, they all seem to be growing well with one leaf the second just sprouting through. Just when I was about to give up on them as wellNot quite sure where all these plants are going to go mind. I only have a small garden! LoL
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Thanks Bob, Will try and post some pics soon.
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I wish they would have kept the velutina name. I'm used to that, and I like it better too!
thats he name im still using i cant even pronoce the other one right
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