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Musa velutina

A delightful dwarf species to only 1,2m (4ft) tall, it bears somewhat waxy leaves with a pinkish midrib. The flowers are pink to orange and the very ornamental fruits, dwarf bananas, are a bright, velvety pink and last for months at a time. They are edible and quite sweet, but also full of seeds. This species is very cold tolerant and will survive even frosty winters outside if heavily mulched. Alternatively it makes an excellent indoor plant and is one of the few bananas that will actually flower and fruit in the house.

 
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... are difficult to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
This is the fifth time I've tried to grow this species from seed (previous seed from several sources; this is the second time from RPS). All previous attempts were unsuccessful (direct sowing in pots). This time seeds was soaked for 2 days in warm water, lightly scarified with file before planting. Seed planted in clear plastic bag with moist germination mix (peat/perlite/vermiculite) placed above grow lights to maintain daytime temps at 80 degrees F. First seed germinated at 19 days! Germination continued over 90 days, approx. 24% germination. Seedlings transplanted easily and are growing vigorously under lights.
Submitted on 20/12/2009 by E. Ulaszek

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The fresh seeds were soaked in a fertilizer solution 20-20-20 for one week. Then I planted the seeds using regular potting soil, water them daily under tropical conditions (88-90F). After one month the first three seeds out of 19 germinated. Keep using fertilizer to maximize growth.
Submitted on 20/01/2008 by Alexander Feliciano olivoicf@yahoo.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Placed just under 100 seeds in baggies w/wet paper towels. I placed most of the baggies on top of the refridgerator and started seeing germination within 30 months. It is now at 5 months with 80% germination.
Submitted on 28/12/2007 by one of our visitors

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
These little bananas seem to think that they are weeds. I planted 100 seeds in a flat of seed starter mix and it looks like a jungle! Daytime temps of over 100 degrees F and plenty of moisture seem to agree with them.
Submitted on 31/07/2006 by William Read weread@mac.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Just put them in baggie with moist seed starting mix and pretty much forgot about them on top of a shelf. Checked for any signs of germination every week or so. The other day when I checked almost all 12 of the seeds I got had germinated all at once. Planted them in regular potting soil. One rotted away the rest still showing signs of growth. The biggest one is getting ready to unroll it's first leaf after only a few days. The others still in the baggy are now germinating too. Germination was about 4 months.
Submitted on 27/11/2005 by J Hamilton quitsteppingonmytail@juno.com

... are easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Soaked in water for a couple days put into moist seed starting mix in a baggie. Nothing for about 3 1/2 months, then about half the seeds have germinated in the past few days. I'm sure the rest are soon to follow.
Submitted on 19/11/2005 by J Hamilton quitsteppingonmytail@juno.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very fresh seeds are soaked in 150 ppm Gibberelenic Acid for 1 to 2 days. Seeded at 35°C and in sunny position at soil surface. Germination beginns after 2 weeks. At the moment after 5 weeks germination rate is up to 50%.Gibberelenic Acid is not a must be, but helps faster germination. Without may be seeds need 1 to 2 weeks more.
Submitted on 19/02/2005 by Michael Nippgen VetMed-M.Nippgen@t-online.de

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I just put it in a pot in a plastic bag and waited for a while. The bag was thouroughly moist with some water at the bottom, and the seed was in miracle grow soil with a 40% mix.
Submitted on 27/04/2003 by Kyle Wicomb Kewondom@yahoo.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
It took 4 months to germinate the seed. This was the first seed I every tried to germinate so I just put it in a plastic bag full of very moist soil and I placed it infront of the west facing window(at the seattle latitude of 48 degrees from january to may) i waited and waited and later lost hope with it and went on vacation and when I came back there was a small sprout. I didn't do anything besides plant it so thats why I say it is easy to germinate.
Submitted on 19/04/2003 by kyle wicomb kewondom@yahoo.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soak in water a few days. Sow 1/2 inch deep in well drained soil. Moisten soil lightly. Provide bright light, warmth and high humidity.
Submitted on 19/02/2003 by Patricia Mary Boyle pboylecharley@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I soaked 6 seeds for 3 days in warm water in february and then I placed them in a zip lock bag at 30C. I hung a heat lamp over them while I believed that room temperature (18 C) is not enough. 50% (3 from 6) sprouted within 21 days, and I suspect the rest will follow soon.
Submitted on 09/03/2003 by Ahti Lyra ahti.lyra@lilleait.ee

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soaked for a day or two, planted in ordinary potting soil mixed with sand, kept warm (80 to 90 degrees). 1st germination in about 5 weeks.
Submitted on 01/03/2003 by Steve Flynn sflynn22@mac.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
verry easy i did it the simplest way possibl.First i soaked the seeds for 2 days and did not refresh the water like some people say , i took coccopeat in did it in a plastic bag where i mixed the seed in.Than i hang the seeds on the sealing in the livingroom where it is during the day 15c and evening and nicht about 25 to 27 c, this is because the warmt go's up.the first seedgermination also apeart after 13 days.So now you now my secret ,its verry simple and i hope you can try my tip also succesfully.
Submitted on 03/01/80 by johan johan.boeckmans@pandora.be

...very difficult to germinate and need more than 1 year to sprout.
Also end of May 01 I got from rarepalmseeds seeds of Musa velutina. No germination now, 7 month later. Even some Internet sources says that they are difficult with a poor rate to germinate.
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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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