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Musa cheesmani

Cheesman's Banana

A vigorous, large, wild banana from Northeastern India. The pseudostems are densely clustering, dark reddish brown, with a waxy white bloom towards the leaf stalk. The leaf is bright green above with a pale midrib and grayish below with a conspicuous purple brown midrib. Although M. cheesmani has been described half a century ago, we believe this enormously attractive and colorful banana has not yet been introduced into cultivation. It is closely related to Musa sikkimensis and will succeed under similar conditions; its cold tolerance, however, remains to be tested.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
100 seeds planted 1 1/2 mos. ago in 170 cell seed tray of seed starter mix are sprouting at different intervals during our heat wave. Have them in a greenhouse with a shade-cloth on the roof where temps have exceeded 105 degrees F.
Submitted on 31/07/2006 by William Read weread@mac.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soaked seeds in warm tapwater for a couple of days, then sealed in a jar containing quite moist perlite (wet enough to stick together a bit, though this is probably too much), in a propagator at ~30-40 degrees in the day and about 20 at night. Germination started after a fortnight, with 5/15 germinated after 6 weeks. After germination seeds were placed in moist compost in 9cm pots, and sprouted after another week or two. Seedlings have a distinct glaucous appearance compared to e.g. M. Sikkimensis
Submitted on 28/07/105 by Alex defnoz@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Placed 11 seeds on a heat mat with an appliance timer set to 9 hours on. They were placed in a ziplock bag in moist peat moss. After a month of no results with high temps, I placed the seeds high near my ceiling. In less than a week most of them sprouted in temps around 75 F. Seem to be pretty easy to germinate!
Submitted on 22/01/2005 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.

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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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