Have you grown bananas from seed?

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  1. Purple Streaks

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    I have some large banana seed . I must have had them quite some time, can anyone advise me on how to try germinating these seed please?
     
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    Hi sorry i have no idea but i saw this on the net
    • Soak the Seeds in Warm Water. One of the most important steps for growing bananas from seeds is preparing the seed before it goes into the ground.
    • Prepare a Warm Outdoor Area. While the seeds are sprouting in the water, create the ideal outdoor area for the banana plant. ...
    • Plant the Seeds. After soaking the seeds, bring them to the potting area and bury them ¼ in. deep in the soil. Then, cover the soil with more compost.
    • Maintain the Right Conditions for Growth. Once the banana seeds are in the ground, keep the soil damp for at least two weeks. ...
    • Be Patient. Bananas take a long time to grow. Sometimes they will start to sprout through the soil in as little as two weeks or as long as two months.
     
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      pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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      If you have had them for some time I think you might find that they have lost viability. But probably still worth a try, I've grown them from seed on a few occasions, I normally soak them in hot water for 24hours before sowing in 25 to 30c.
      Some people like to alter the temperature between day and night.
       
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      • Purple Streaks

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        Thank you Janet and Pete

        I have 4 seed so I will try both methods. I'm not very hopefully as I'm sure these seed come
        into ' vintage seed' ratings.


        But I don't like disregarding anything that has a chance .
        So fingers:fingers crossed: and everything else :scratch: crossed ,

        Wish me luck !!!!! :dig::planting:



        Ever had the feeling you've gone bananas :redx:Ever had the feeling you very gone bananas...??
         
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          I have one, grown as a houseplant. If I'm not wrong, I believe I snipped a bit off the side with nail clippers before soaking.

          Hard, large seeds can also be left to germinate in a glass of water on the windowsill. As soon as they show signs of life, pot them up.

          It's "Pear shaped" in this household :biggrin:
           
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            This sounds quite americany! Finding a warm spot outdoors in the uk could be confined to a very short window.
            I do the soak three days, change water daily. Barely damp vermiculite in a sealed polythene bag in a warm(28-32c) place. I've had germination in four days.....or up to two years!
             
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              Thank you I've enough to try the window method too !
              This is going to be interesting............or not:hapydancsmil:
               
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