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Sep 1, 2015 2:49 PM CST
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Has anyone here grown a banana (Musa) from seed? Would love to know about how to grow banana from seed. Curious about knowing things like if they breed true to the parent, can you cross species, how long does it take for the corm to develop - stuff like that.
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Sep 18, 2015 11:16 AM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Anne, my little pink bananas, Musa velutina, readily sprout from seeds. They are fast growers and bloom their second season. I can't speak to any other varieties as this is my only experience. Interestingly, I have been growing M. velutinas for years but the seeds never sprouted until the past two very cold winters. Makes no sense, I know.
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Sep 18, 2015 11:58 AM CST
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Thanks Alice for the information! I've been wanting to buy banana seeds but wanted to know how involved it is. I've found growing plants from seeds is often times quicker than trying to find an actual plant.
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Sep 18, 2015 12:36 PM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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I have a mess of velutina seedlings, if you are interested in some just say the word. This one stays shorter than most, topping out around 6', including the leaves. Very easy to grow and very hardy, I first saw them in Charlotte.
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Sep 18, 2015 1:15 PM CST
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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That would be awesome! Do you still have my PO Box number or do I need to give it to you in a Tree Mail? Anything I can send you?
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Sep 18, 2015 7:03 PM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Tree mail me your address.
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Nov 12, 2015 5:00 PM CST
Name: charles
Anderson, S.C (Zone 8b)
ardesia said:Anne, my little pink bananas, Musa velutina, readily sprout from seeds. They are fast growers and bloom their second season. I can't speak to any other varieties as this is my only experience. Interestingly, I have been growing M. velutinas for years but the seeds never sprouted until the past two very cold winters. Makes no sense, I know.

@ardesia I know that some seeds have to have a cold period before they will germinate Japanese Maples for instance. I'm thinking that it is a survival thing with these bananas so if the cold kills the mother plant the seeds will survive
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Nov 13, 2015 11:33 PM CST
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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Interesting. I have never ever heard of a tropical that required or even appreciated cold stratification.

Ardesia - does yours produce viable seed? I would gladly trade something I might have of interest for some M. velutina seed.
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Nov 14, 2015 9:55 AM CST
Name: charles
Anderson, S.C (Zone 8b)
DavidLMO said:Interesting. I have never ever heard of a tropical that required or even appreciated cold


Kind of weird huh Confused
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Nov 14, 2015 11:07 AM CST
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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It may not be the cold. A lot of seeds have germination inhibitors in the seed coat and it can take a lot of washing (rain) to reduce/dilute the inhibitor enough for it to sprout.

On another note .. Alice did I miss a tag when you sent me my awesome pink banana seedlings? A few days ago I noticed 'one' was setting flowers. It looks like a Squill maybe? Whatever it is, I love it!

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Nov 14, 2015 11:15 AM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Ooops, maybe I forgot, I thought you would like it. Griffinia aracensis Smiling
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Nov 14, 2015 11:16 AM CST
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Ahh .. thanks! I do love it. Nice late fall surprise!
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