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Germination of

Musa acuminata subsp. microcarpa

Monkey Fingers Banana - Dwarf Banana, Lady Finger Banana

Musa acuminata subsp. microcarpa

Musa acuminata subsp. microcarpa, commonly known as dwarf banana, is a species of banana native to Southeast Asia. To germinate banana seeds, start by soaking them in warm water for 24 hours to help soften the seed coat. Next, fill a seed tray or a pot with a well-draining soil mix and sow the seeds on the surface of the soil. Cover the seeds with a light layer of soil and water gently. Place the tray or pot in a warm, bright location, but out of direct sunlight. Banana seeds can take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks to germinate, so be patient and keep the soil consistently moist. Once the seedlings have emerged, gradually expose them to more light and increase watering.

Some of plants may have very have specific germination requirements that may not be covered in these general instructions. 

Many seeds require pre-treatment before sowing which we try to list here when we can, but this information may not be present here.  Germination times and germination temperatures are to be a guide only.  Many factors can DRASTICALLY affect this.


It's always a good idea to research the specific germination requirements from multiple sources for each plant before attempting to grow them from seed.

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