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Musa acuminata var. sumatrana

Another dwarf banana that reaches a mature height of only 1,5 to 2m (5 to 7ft) with narrow leaves that are dark red below and striped with red and green above. subtropical to tropical.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Musa acuminata is the easyes plant to sprout from seed, of my opinion, even easyer that weed...Soak the fresh seeds in luke warm water for 3 days, use sphagnum moss, as much humidity as possible and temperature about 28-35°C. I sowed 2 seeds and both of them sprouted at the second week....
Submitted on 01/10/2003 by Jón Á Erlingsson johnny13@torg.is

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Easy! Germinates and grows readily, has some leaf damage in winds, but is a great container plant in summer here in Denver.
Submitted on 30/08/2002 by Mark McCauley Mark.McCauley@ag.state.co.us

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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.

We recommend:
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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Suitable for: all

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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