Seeds forum: Banana

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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Feb 6, 2010 11:48 AM CST
I think the most intimating seed that I tried was a banana. I presoaked the seeds overnight and then I put the seeds into a ziplock baggy with damp potting mix and left it by the kitchen sink. 1 out of 3 germinated in about 1-1/2 months.

The banana grew to about 2 feet, but our home/environment is too dry for that type of plant. This was before I had a greenhouse, so really I should give it a try again.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 12, 2010 11:26 AM CST
Hi Joanne. I am so glad I found this Thread. I was given some pink banana seeds last Fall. I have been putting off planting them because I didn't know what to do. I will now go forth and plant. : ) What size ziplock did you use, and what kind of potting mix (MG)?
I see you live in Canada zone 3. If I get these to germinate and grow I would be able to plant it outside in our zone 8. If I get more than one of them to germinate I can send one to you if you like. It can live in your greenhouse. : )
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Feb 12, 2010 11:38 AM CST
Hi Lynn,

I just used a small sandwich size bag. As soon as you see it sprout, then plant it into about a 4" pot. As it grows, pot up bigger. I would soak it in water & hydrogen peroxide mix. There is a thread on it in this forum http://cubits.org/Germination/thread/view/2156/

It would be interesting to try your banana and probably mailing a seed would be easier than a sedling. Customs would have a hay day with live plant material.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 12, 2010 7:42 PM CST
Will do. Cmail me your address. : ) I wasn't thinking about where you lived.
Name: Christine
Blue Mountain,NY
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Christine1950
Feb 14, 2010 2:09 PM CST
Joanne, I just ordered 3 seeds Smiling Did you nick the seeds before you soaked them? I'll be trying your method as soon as I get them.
Christine
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Feb 14, 2010 2:19 PM CST
I did nick them back then, but now I would soak them in 1/2 & 1/2 water and 3% (regular drug store variety) hydrogen peroxide. That seems to work the best for the hard seed coat seeds
Name: Christine
Blue Mountain,NY
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Christine1950
Feb 14, 2010 2:24 PM CST
Thank you Joanne Smiling
Christine
Name: Joanne, too
Calgary, Alberta
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Yoyo_Jo
Feb 15, 2010 6:59 PM CST
I picked up some banana seeds today. Wish me luck. Big Grin

other Joanne
Name: Christine
Blue Mountain,NY
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Christine1950
Feb 16, 2010 6:58 AM CST
other Joanne, sending luck for your nana seeds Smiling
Christine
Name: Christine
Blue Mountain,NY
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Christine1950
Feb 20, 2010 8:07 AM CST
I received my seeds the other day and wanted to post a pic of them for anyone that has never seen them, yup they look and feel just like a rock LOL
Christine

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Name: Christine
Blue Mountain,NY
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Christine1950
Mar 14, 2010 11:47 AM CST
I started the 3 seeds on 2-22 in regular MG seed starter in plastic cups in a large zip-lok bag that I put in a glass pie pan and placed on top of my cable box, 1 broke ground over night, isnt she cute Thumbs up
Christine


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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Mar 14, 2010 2:52 PM CST
I didn't know the seeds were so big. What a cute baby. Now I must get brave and go plant the 4 seeds I have. : )
Name: Christine
Blue Mountain,NY
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Christine1950
Mar 15, 2010 6:14 AM CST
Good Luck Lynn, it's so exciting when they start to show signs of life Smiling
Christine
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Mar 15, 2010 7:46 AM CST
I am really looking forward to it now Christine. I have been putting it off because I was told it was very difficult.
Name: Joanne, too
Calgary, Alberta
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Yoyo_Jo
Mar 19, 2010 5:37 PM CST
Very cool! I still haven't seen anything from the four I sowed on Feb 27th....
Name: Christine
Blue Mountain,NY
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Christine1950
Mar 21, 2010 10:55 AM CST
Joanne too, on the pkg of the seeds I bought it said it can take 2-26 weeks before they sprout so dont give up. My other 2 seeds havent done anything yet.
Christine
Name: Christine
Blue Mountain,NY
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Christine1950
Mar 22, 2010 7:21 AM CST
Just an update on my nana, she's doing well so far
Christine

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Mar 22, 2010 7:23 AM CST
She surely is. I think that is the first time I've ever seen a baby banana plant. Thumbs up
Name: Christine
Blue Mountain,NY
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Christine1950
Mar 22, 2010 7:33 AM CST
Have you gotten yours started yet Lynn?
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Mar 22, 2010 7:36 AM CST
No. *Blush* Now I'm feeling quilty. Okay, I'll go get them and plant them today.
I can't believe how much it has grown since the first picture you posted. Wow.

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