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Musa ornata (orange flower)

A pretty dwarf Banana with beautiful orange flowers.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
i soaked the seeds in warm water for 3 days and then took a ziplock bag with some potting soil making sure the soil was not too wet or too dry. I put them on top of freezer in the garage were it was 70 to 80 degrees f and first plant came up in 2 weeks,
Submitted on 01/06/2006 by one of our visitors

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
The information I received with my seed packet read "Flowering Banana Musa". It said to soak seeds for 72 hours, then plant in good potting soil, and it will take up to a year to germinate.I did not soak. I placed 1 seed in a wet paper towel inside a ziplock bag, checking weekly. Nothing happened. I added 2 more seeds, thinking maybe it was a bad seed. That turned out to be true. The other 2 seeds germinated within about 2 months. I have now placed them in potting soil, and am awaiting the first sprouts. So my experience with germinating was rating as difficult because it took so long. But luckily, not as long as I was told. I wonder if that is because of the method I followed (germinating in a wet paper towel in a ziplock bag placed in a drawer).
Submitted on 05/01/2006 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Best results with a temperature around 30C-35C. Can take up to 3 weeks to germinate.
Submitted on 08/02/2004 by Luc Mc Guire mcguire75@sympatico.ca

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In ZONE 8a North Texas in USA they need average care and grow normal.
ORNATA is great. My neighbors are always waiting for me to pass out my developed seedling in Spring. Fast germination and high success in transitioning outdoors.What I use to start seeds works and is simple. Soaked seeds overnight. Placed in peat pots with organic mix w/ perlite. Germinated in 10g glass fish tank with triple light hood (2 x 10watt flourescent 13000k daylights) and (1x 25w NightGlo heat Lamp) and (2x 8watt exo-terra heat pads under tank). During the day I run the Flourescent bulbs 16hrs daily and then run the NightGlo bulb for 8hrs at night. I kept the Exo-Terra heat pad on 24hr daily. I use these setups near a window that gets good light. Temps range from 82-88F in morning, and 90-95F for a few short hours in afternoon(this is when the sun is pushing through the window into the tanks sides) then back into the mid 85F area. At night with only the one NightGlo light temps drop to 76-80F. I keep mix moist but never soaked. Constant high humidity and misting every other day. Fungicide is needed as this environment will breed it if you do dont spray a fungicide. I use Garden Safe Fungicide and have not had any problems. I have germinated every available type of Musa and Ensete varieties this way and each time has been very successful. Once the seedlings reach to the top cover I move them into 4-6" pots into a larger tank with only two standard gro lights for a month before transplanting outdoors to larger containers or into the ground. My Ornata's from last year are growing outside in ground and this years (I started from seed in September 05) are ready to be transplanted once temps rise this late may or early april. Most ornata I have grown from seed typically take 12-21 days to germinate. I use Mgro liquid fertilizer, osmocote, and my favorite Alaska Fish Fertilizer all purpose 5-1-1. I ran a test on my basjoo's with the Alaska and the ones i used it heavy on were 4-5ft higher by august. Its good stuff but it does stink as it is fish emulsion. I hope this helps. This set up anyone can put together and is relatively cheap for a beginner. It also does not take up that much space. I also start my plumeria seeds and palm seeds this way. Always giving plumeria seeds away in July when the pods open. Anyone interested can have some..I normally have a couple thousand...Any question I would be happy to answer.
Submitted on 19/02/2006 by one of our visitors

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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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