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Musa itinerans (Burmese Blue)

Blue Burmese Banana

A moderately sized banana from northern Thailand, Laos and Vietnam that has previously been associated with both M. acuminata and M. balbisiana but is now thought to be Musa itinerans, close to the recently described variety guangdongensis but not the same as it grows considerably bigger and has suckers developing 2 to 3 m away from the main plant rather than the tightly clustering habit of Musa itinerans var guangdongensis. The mature fruits are bluish to purple, rather small, and are locally used in Thai cuisine.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
i order 300 seeds planted 100 and 60% came up.i soaked seeds for 3 days then planted in b&q multi purpose compost, and put them in the greenhouse day temp 25c to 35c night temp 7c in the first month 15 came up 3 months later 37 6months 60 came up and i had 200 seeds left over from so i froze them at -30c the next year i did the same and got 125% seeds to germinate.
Submitted on 16/05/2012 by paul andersen

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Planted in a community pot of seed starting mix. After two months they came up.
Submitted on 11/02/2011 by one of our visitors

... are average to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds require some amount of patience on the part of the grower. Can be slow to germinate. Use a seed starting mix and keep nice and warm.
Submitted on 11/12/2010 by one of our visitors

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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.

We recommend:
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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Suitable for: all

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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