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Musa balbisiana

Obscure but exciting 'new' Banana from North-east India, the Musa balbisiana is perhaps one of the progenitors of the commercial banana. It grows at some altitude so may tolerate cool conditions and a little frost, but its main characteristic is its huge flower. As with others in the genus, rich soil is required for maximum growth together with plenty of fertilizer and an adequate supply of water. Given these and some summer warmth, it is almost dangerously fast growing!

 
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...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
6 out of 6 germinated 100%. Temp Day: 28 to 32°C. Temp Night: 20° to 25°C. Took only 13 days.
Submitted on 16/07/2005 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
very fast grower. put in filtered light under a window in damp peat. sprouts came up a week later and from there grew rapidly.
Submitted on 21/03/2004 by anton chuidian wutang8364@yahoo.com

...difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
One seed out of six germinated after about two months of greenhouse humidity and temperatures of 80-90 degrees Farenheit in the day and 65-70 degrees Farenheit at night. Still waiting for other seeds to germinate. Also, germinated before any Musa itinerans or Musa velutina planted at the same time.
Submitted on 18/06/2003 by Mike Challis challismike@hotmail.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
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches


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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.


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