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Blue banana seeds

Commercially grown bananas that are cultivated specifically for consumption do not have seeds. Over time, they have been modified to have three sets of genes instead of two (triploid) and produce no seeds.

If you want to grow banana plants from seed, be aware that the resulting fruit will not be like those you buy at the grocers. They will contain seeds and, depending upon the variety, might be so large that the fruit is difficult to get to.
Bananas grown from seed are normally for ornamental purposes, we do however offer a few varieties that will produce edible bananas ( with seeds of course ), and they have a wonderful flavor superior to store bananas.

Bananas are one of the more difficult seeds to germinate in terms of time and effort required, especially compared to vegetable and flower seeds most gardeners are familiar with, but they can be germinated at a decent rate if one is diligent.

The first thing to understand is that banana seed take a long time to germinate! Nature has built in natural germination inhibitors to insure they do not germinate in the wild too soon.

We have been germinating banana seeds in our germination trials for over 25 years. The normal germination range in our greenhouse trials varies from 1 to 6 months. We have had some varieties germinate in just a few weeks, only to have the same variety take several months during the next germination trial, you cannot predict how long they will take to germinate.
The basic things to remember if you are germinating banana seeds are:
1. Always soak seeds before sowing. We recommend 24-48 hours.
2. Use a well draining soil mix. A mix that holds water will rot the seeds in place.
3.Soil temperature must be at least 68 degrees or warmer for part of the day. But, seeds need alternating temperatures for germinating. We found that just putting a heating mat under the seeds and leaving temperature constant was not nearly as effective as heating the soil for a few hours a day, then allowing it to cool.
4. Keep soil damp, but not wet! Wet soil will rot seeds quickly. Placing the seed tray inside a plastic bag is a good way to keep moisture constant.
5. Be very, very patient. Seeds can easily take several months and in most cases will.

Please click on this photo to see the large image that details the wonderful color of the stalks!
This is a wonderful, fast growing banana with tremendous ornamental appeal. The picture shows 2 year old plants started from seed growing on one of our bayou properties on the Gulf Coast. The more exposure to sunlight, the darker the stem gets. Will grow to a massive 18 feet or taller outside, or can be grown in a container where growth will be limited by container size. Very cold hardy, probably down to 15 degrees if mulched heavy, and loves hot, hot weather as well!

According to our grower in Brazil, this is one of the best seeded bananas for eating fresh ( but it will have seeds of course ). A fast grower and yields large “bunches”, requires same maturing time as other bananas.

An evergreen perennial growing to 18 feet tall.
It is hardy to zone 10 and is frost tender. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs). This massive banana whose trunk can reach three feet in diameter is a real botanical curiosity. It is unbelievably fast growing and has carmine red undersides to the ribs of its huge leaves. It can be used as a summer bedding plant in cooler climates and can be grown in large tubs in warm greenhouses.

This beautiul banana grows to about 15 feet tall and is one of the hardiest species for cold winters as even the leaves can tolerate a bit of frost. Features huge, long leaves that grow to several feet. New leaves have red coloration on their undersides. Sought after as an ornamental and for its cold tolerance.
A beautiful, high altitude banana from China’s Yunnan Province and Arunachal Pradesh in India that has proven to be a very interesting cold tolerant species that will thrive under similar conditions as the legendary Musa basjoo and M. sikkimensis, even though not quite as hardy. It is a slender stemmed, extremely fast growing plant with large leaves supported by waxy white leaf stalks. Some confusion surrounds the introduction of this banana into cultivation: and it now turns out to be a new species, described in 2007 by Markku Hakkinen as Musa yunnanensis.
Considered hardy to zone 5. Exact hardiness is unknown. It may be close to as hardy as Musa basjoo, and has reportedly tolerated temperatures down to 10F. Upon freezing weather the plant will die back to its base, but quickly grows back once weather warms up.

This banana is grown not for their fruit but for their ornamental foliage that lends an exotic and tropical aura to the home or the garden. Musa acuminata is a dwarf variety that typically grows to about 4 to 6 feet tall. Extremely suitable for containers or gardens, it makes a much more manageable plant than other species.
The fruits are about 5 to 6 inches long, which are smaller than the common desert banana. They should be allowed to fully ripen before eating, and of course contain seeds.

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This enigmatic giant banana from the mysterious mountains of New Guinea is the undisputed record holder for the largest and tallest non-woody plant in the world.
There are few other plants so fervently sought after as this enigmatic giant banana from the rugged and mysterious mountains of New Guinea. With a trunk to at least 45 feet tall, about three feet in diamater at the base and a total plant height of 20 m or more, it is the undisputed record holder for the largest and tallest of the bananas and the largest non-woody plant in the world.
The pseudostem of Musa ingens is slightly swollen towards the base and covered in a whitish waxy layer, somewhat reminiscent of Ensete glaucum, just a lot larger. It holds a crown of about 12 fairly stiff, ascending leaves to 18 feet long. The large inflorescence can hold over 300 oblong fruits to seven inches long that are filled with blackish brown seeds and yellowish pulp that is edible, sweet and delicious when cooked and reminds of fine butternut squash mixed with a sweet banana with a dash of tangy lime and citrus added. Musa ingens is native to montane rainforests throughout New Guinea between about 1300 and 2000m elevation and usually found in wet sites in steep ravines or on the edges of highland swamps. Few seeds have ever made it into cultivation in the past and most have perished before their time because they were handled incorrectly or picked immature.
Our collectors are understandably rather proud of their amazing achievement. In cultivation, Musa ingens requires conditions that would suit tree ferns rather than regular bananas. Due to its highland habitat, like many Ensete it will not grow in tropical lowland climates but succeed only at some altitude where nights are cooler, or in oceanic, warm temperate climates such as Portugal, northern New Zealand, coastal California, coastal southern Brazil or on Atlantic islands such as Madeira or the Canary Islands. Zone 9 and higher. Click here for germination information.

This is a dwarf cultivar that is commonly cultivated for both commercial fruit production and ornamental applications. It typically grows to 5-6’ tall and makes a much more manageable container plant or houseplant than the other species. It is best noted for its large green leaves splashed with burgundy-red blotches and for its reddish trunk-like pseudostem. Zone 9b or higher outside, but often grown as a houseplant or patio plant.

Good container type of banana with dark green leaf blades to 3 ft. Produces erect spikes of white flowers, followed by softly hairy, pink fruit. Good for zone 9 and higher outside.

This is a good cooking banana as well as a beautiful ornamental plant, best suited for zones 9-10 outside, or patio tubs in cooler zones. An exquisite new species of musa from a origin of Burma, it’s bananas are shiny 6″ to 8″ in length with a pinkish-purple haze giving them the appearance of iridescent blue. A short growing spp. 8′ to 10′ with a beautiful golden yellow trunk. 14 to 16 bananas per hand, leaves are lightly pleated with light burgundy purple on the undersides and darker throughout it’s midribs when leaves are young. It is used medicinally and for food in many cultural tribes of Indonesia. Heavily seeded. Very rare and one of a kind!

Musella lasiocarpa is an exciting banana relative that comes from high altitudes (to frosty 2800m / 9200ft!) in the Yunnan province in China. The maximum height of the plant is only about 1.5m / 5ft, half of which is a very stout, conical trunk, topped by a crown of handsome, slightly glaucous, broad leaves. From early age, the rhizome produces many suckers. The “flower”, which is big and bright yellow, appears in its second year, and grows upright at the top of the trunk. As the inflorescence grows in size, tiny ‘bananas’ begin to appear under each bract which curls back to reveal the fruits. Unfortunately inedible, the 2″ long bananas each contain dozens of small, shiny jet black seeds. The seed requires cool stratification (abt. 5°C) but then germinates easily, and subsequent seedling growth is as you might expect, very fast. Musella appreciates heavy watering and feeding and a place in full sun. It will flourish in all climates from cool tropical down to temperate, where it will be found to be root hardy, enduring even cold winters with its underground rhizome, just like the well known “Hardy Banana”, Musa basjoo. It also makes a perfect conservatory plant which will be a true conversation piece that certainly will not outgrow its location.

One of the ancestors of today’s fruit bananas. Very robust and fast growing. Many of the modern edible dessert bananas are from this species, although some are hybrids with Musa balbisiana. This variety produces smaller bananas than seen in supermarkets, and of course they have seeds.

Wow! A rare and little known large banana species, new to cultivation, that sports a massive pseudo-trunk to 4,5m (14ft) tall and 45cm (18in.) in diameter., tinged with red, and purple new leaves and leaf-midribs. A percentage of plants even exhibits beautifully dark red mottled leaves. The Darjeeling Banana is very hardy to cold (i.e. in the sense of Musa basjoo) coming, as it does, from mountain forests up to 2000m (6000ft) in the Himalayas of NE-India. First trials outdoors in the US, Britain, Germany and Switzerland have shown an excellent resistance to cold and frost. Like all bananas, it is extremely fast growing, given rich soil and an abundance of water. The fruits have a sweetish pulp but are hard and contain a few large seeds. An absolute novelty that shows great promise as an ornamental for the temperate as well as the cooler tropical garden. We think this plant that has more potential than any other cold tolerant Musa in cultivation at the moment.

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A bit of question about the botanical name of this one, many think it’s correct name is Musa griersonii, we are not sure so we will stick with the name most commonly associated with it.
A tall banana from the cool Himalaya region. Grows to 18′ and is hardy to 40 degrees. A beautiful banana, the leaves feature a purple hue to the reverse and a silvery bloom to the pseudostems. This is a very ornamental plant.

A note from one of our customers:

( “I was astonished when i recieved my seeds today. I expected it to take at least a week to get here. You have a very good service and i hope you stay in business for a long time. If im ordering seeds, its going to be from you.” Thanks, A. Hill )

Jim’s Plant Growth Stimulator

Please note that this is not a plant food or fertilize, this is a combination of natural ingredients intended to improve plant growth. Many greenhouse growers and commercial farms use a combination of these ingredients in their growing process. We have been using this formula in our gardens, fields and greenhouses since 1992, and we use it on everything we grow. We would not make this available to our customers if we did not firmly believe that it does enhance the growth and health of plants that it is applied to.
To see the results for yourself, we advise using it on some plants and not on others and see the difference.

Note: We only ship this product to addresses inside the USA. The following ingredients are used in making Jim’s Plant Growth Stimulator:

Gibberellic Acid

Gibberellic Acid is a member of a type of plant hormone called Gibberellins, which regulate the growth rate of plants. It was first discovered in Japan, in 1935 as a result of the study of a condition common in rice plants called “foolish seedling” disease, which caused the plants to grow much taller than normal. The effects of gibberellins weren’t widely understood until years later.
Gibberellic Acid is EPA approved, and is commercially used to grow most fruits and vegetables we eat.

B1 Vitamins and Plant Hormones

We add a blend of plant vitamins and hormones to stimulate plant growth and allow the plant to absorb food from the soil quicker and also assimilate micronutrients that they may not normally be able to absorb due to various soil conditions.

Micronutrients

All plants benefit from micronutrients, so we’ve added a humic acid base with Boron (B), Copper (Cu), Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), Molybdenum (Mo), Sulfur (S) and Zinc (Zn) in our solution.

Other ingredients

We also add a natural detergent additive that causes the sprayed on solution to “stick” to the plant leaves until the solution is absorbed by the plant, this detergent also discourages insects from feeding on the leaves for a short time after the solution is applied.

Each 8 ounce bottle of JPG01 Plant Growth Stimulator makes 16 gallons spray-on solution, you can also use a drench and pour it around the base of the plant if you prefer. The bottle comes with a 1/2 ounce measuring spoon, simply mix a half ounce of plant growth stimulator with a gallon of water and spray onto the plants, or drench the soil around the plant. :

Spray plants weekly, best to apply in early morning/late evening. Start spraying when plants are young. Can be sprayed onto vegetable plants upto harvest. Mix 1/2 ounce stimulator with one gallon of water.

You Should Be Planting Blue Java Bananas, Because They Taste Like Ice Cream

Everything about the Blue Java Banana seems like a hoax: Can the fruit be this blue? Does it really taste like ice cream? Was it really invented by Sirs Ben and Jerry, on a night when they were feeling like they’d already conquered the world of pints and wanted to move on to more fantastical creations?!

Okay, that last part is a complete lie, but the first two are true. Blue Java Bananas are known as “ice cream bananas” because they have a creamy texture and flavor that’s oddly reminiscent of vanilla custard or soft serve, according to the pros at Fast-Growing-Trees.com. They start out bluish—or blue-green—before they ripen, and seem made for pureeing and freezing into the one-ingredient ice cream (AKA frozen banana puree) that seems to go viral every summer.

The bananas themselves are fluffier and creamier than your typical banana, Huffington Post reported, and you can find them growing in Hawaii, southeast Asia and parts of central America. Though they’re usually found in tropical climates, they’re pretty cold tolerant, as long as they get a decent amount of sunlight. So if you’re aching to try them, why not plant a tree yourself? Blue Java Banana Trees are sold on Fast-Growing-Trees.com, as well as on Amazon. Depending on what kind of commitment you’re ready for—and your budget—you can either buy seeds or a live plant. Throw in some fertilizer specially made for banana trees and a cabana daybed, and you’re well on your way to turning your backyard into an oasis. Bring on the staycation vibes.

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