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Musa acuminata subsp. acuminata

One of the ancestors of today's fruit bananas. Very robust and fast growing.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Although these seeds can take awhile to germinate, I have had some germinate in 3 weeks. To germinate, put each seed in a separate covered container. I like to use peat moss, but they will germinate in just about anything. Check the containers weekly to make sure the soil is moist and there is no mold. If mold occurs, scrape it off with a toothpick and apply a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to the area. You can spray a little peroxide on the soil weekly to prevent mold from forming in the first place. Although these seeds prefer 77F (25C) and up, they will germinate at lower temeratures. 100% germination is common. No scarification or stratification is required.
Submitted on 30/07/2009 by Caleb Griswold

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
This one is very easy. They sprouted after about one month.They were first, as fresh as possible, put in water for two or three days, then I put the seeds in a mix of 1/4 sand, 1/4 vermiculite and 2/4 soil, but I think they will germinate in pretty much everything, but it's smart sow them in something not very heavy and wet, rather make it more draining with some sand, vermiculite or perlite. The box you're sowing in should have some holes too. If the box is completely air tight, and the soil mix is very heavy the seeds might easily rot.
Submitted on 29/10/2006 by Gard Nergaard gardclne@hotmail

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I didn't know many good germination methods when I tried this one, but now I recommend the peat moss in baggy method. Of the seeds that were germinated in a tray, they seem very fast growing and seem to tolerate fairly cool weather while still producing leaves. Very nice!
Submitted on 22/01/2005 by Kyle Whitney kylewhitney2003@yahoo.com

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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