Is it too late to order Banana seeds

nyssaman(Z6 ON)May 19, 2008

I was thinking about ordering some Musa Sikk seeds and some others and I'm wondering if it is too late in the season to order because the seeds would be too old with lower viability rates - considering most Banana seeds seem to have low viability already.

Cheers

Jeff

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tey157(8b)

Jeff,

I just ordered some the other day.

Dean

    Bookmark   May 20, 2008 at 10:54AM
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tropicalintoronto(5b/6a)

Hey Jeff,

I bought a Musa Sikkimensis at Broadway nurseries this spring. it was $34.99 and fairly big with a few pups. Sure beats waiting for seeds to germinate.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2008 at 8:53PM
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glen3a(Winnipeg MB 3A)

A valid concern regarding seed viability but I don't think bananas are necessarily a type of crop that's harvested in our fall (northern hemisphere autumn) only. Thus it's sort of hard to say when the seeds that you received are harvested, it might depend on where the online nurseries and such get their supply of seed from. I guess some seed companies do seem to pack seeds annually ("packaged for spring 2008").

Regarding planting seeds this year, it might be too late to plant seeds and still have huge plants this year, but you could grow as a smaller patio plant and then as a houseplant for winter and put back outside next year.

Here there seems to be a shortage of places to obtain live growing banana plants. I saw dwarf Cavendish being used at the nursery as a bog pond plant. I thought to myself if they would bring in a few more of them, put up a display of them in the "annual flowers" section: banana plants, cannas, palm trees, etc. they could really increase sales by pushing the "tropicalesque gardening" idea on people.

Glen

    Bookmark   May 23, 2008 at 3:04AM
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igotthis1one

banana seeds dont produce banana plants...

    Bookmark   May 30, 2008 at 6:13PM
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nucci60(6 Ma.)

Igotthis1 one, can you run that by us again? Do you grow bananas?

    Bookmark   June 1, 2008 at 5:09PM
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