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Musa itinerans (Gigantea)

Giant Yunnan Banana

A very large and extremely fast growing wild banana from the mountain forests of southern Yunnan, China. Its reddish pseudostems can reach a diameter of more than 50 cm (20 in.) and a height of 12 m (40 ft.). The purplish fruits are popular with monkeys. Musa itinerans displays good root hardiness and will thrive under the same conditions as the legendary Musa basjoo and M. sikkimensis.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
This one was moderately easy to germinate. Out of 25 seeds, only 3 germinated after being soaked for three consecutive days in warm water, changing the water daily. They were additionally soaked in warm smoke-tree tea before being put into a pot of soil next to my fireplace. Temperature next to fireplace must have been 25-30 degrees C. Seeds germinated about two months later. One year later, they are 20 cm tall.
Submitted on 07/11/2010 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
soak tem in warm water for 7days (35 to 40 degrees celsius.then put them in a closed box filled with cocosfibres and make it moist,not wet!!the temperature was 35 degrees celsius. After 25 days the first 4 germinated already, then put them in a basket filled with cocopeat. They grow very fast.
Submitted on 10/02/2004 by patrick vos patr.vos@planet.nl

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I planted the seeds in peat at 22C and had 100% germination. The plants seem to grow very quickly establishing an extensive root system first. I have kept them in an unheated greenhouse through the winter season on Vancouver Is. and plan to plant them out next spring. They seem to have very hardy characteristics growing throughout the winter with minimal protection.
Submitted on 16/10/2003 by Gerry Morgan gerryrmorgan@shaw.ca

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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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