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Musa yunnanensis

Yunnan Banana

A beautiful, high altitude banana from China's Yunnan Province that has proven to be a very interesting cold tolerant species that will thrive under similar conditions as the legendary Musa basjoo and M. sikkimensis, even though not quite as hardy. It is a slender- stemmed, extremely fast growing plant with large leaves supported by waxy white leaf stalks. Some confusion surrounds the introduction of this banana into cultivation: It originally came to us misidentified as Ensete wilsonii, was subsequently thought to be Musa itinerans, as which we have had it in our assortment for a long time, and it now turns out to be a new species, described in 2007 by Markku Hakkinen as Musa yunnanensis.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I put seeds in individual peat pots without soaking or any other treating. Bottom heat kept the tray at about 80 deg F. 60% sprouted in 12 days.
Submitted on 16/03/107 by John Beland AZJohnB@powerc.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy to germinate. 196 out of 200 within a month.
Submitted on 13/07/2002 by Mark Macdonald macdon2000@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
This species are very easy to girminate. The first step to take is soak the seeds for 2 days in water BUT do not refresh the water. Now its time to saw I put the seeds in cocopeat that's little moist. Than I took a plastic bag end put the mix of the seeds and cocopeat in the bag that I closed very good. I hang the bags against the sealing of my living room because the warmest place in house is the sealing. During the daytime it was about 15c and in the evening when the heating in house was on it was about 27c. The first 15 seeds of the 19 germinated in less than 13 days
Submitted on 03/01/80 by johan Boeckmans johan.boeckmans@pandora.be

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I had no previous seed germinating experience. I had 100% germination with this Musa sp. in as little as 2 weeks. I now have a boatload of seedlings everywhere!
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...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
End may 01 I ordered at rarepalmseeds ten seeds and got 22 seeds. First germination after some days, eleven germinated within two weeks- one of them with three trunks. Germination stopped after 3 month. After two weeks no more germination appears. I lost two in my tropical chamber, I think it was to hot for them. I'm not sure, but treatment should be similar to Trachycarpus fortunei (not so hot).Strong attack by spider mite (Tetranychus urticae ?)in autumn , chemical treatment, lost of some leafs, but totally recovered.Now (December 01) -6 month after germination- high of about 1 m. Image available on request.
Submitted by jens JensBluetling@onlinehome.de

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Harder to germinate than the other bananas it makes up for this as will be seen below.Seeds are soaked for three days in fresh water and fungicide. Put in vermiculite and kept at 27C (81F) expect about 50% success. Do not over pot the seedling as this leads to rot.They will grow very quickly and many will produce a sucker within 6 months of germination.
Submitted by Adam St.Clair stclair2@bigpond.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
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2nd edition
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Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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