Banana Plant Seeds

Growing bananas from seed info:

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.

Important Note: The seeds on this page will benefit greatly from using the CAPE Smoke Seed Germination Primer that we use in our own greenhouses. We find we receive significantly better germination results when we use this primer on Musa seeds.

AW24 Thailand Black Stem Banana ( Musa balbisiana atia )
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!
  10 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $7.95
RHM152 Manila Hemp Banana ( Musa textilis )
Musa textilis is a moderately large banana, apparently originally native to the Philippines but widely cultivated elsewhere for its quality fibers (hence the name manila hemp), among other places in Borneo. The Bornean plants seem somewhat different though forming a very colorful inflorescence bud. A very easy to grow and highly ornamental banana for the tropics.
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RLP099 Japanese Fiber Banana ( Musa balbisiana )
Also known as Basho banana. This is the suckering banana grown in the Ryukyu Islands of Japan for the production of banana fiber textiles (basho cloth). It is a large banana plant that will grow grow 18 to 20 feet and form a large clump of lush foliage. Easy to grow from seeds. It prefers rich soil and regular applications of fertilizer during the spring and summer. Keep well watered during hot periods. Medium shade to full sun. It is not cold hardy as a landscape item, but it makes a nice focal point for a tropical or subtropical patio or courtyard. Although the fruits are considered edible they are extremely seedy. Ripe fruits on the plant attract birds, bats and other nocturnal visitors. The seeds are approximately the size of a small pea. In traditional medicine the ripe seeds are reportedly ground and eaten have been used for curing dysentery, diarrhea and sore throat. USDA zone 8b and above.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $3.95
SF174 Royal Sweet Banana ( Musa paradisiaca royalii )
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.
  5 seeds per pack. $3.95
RLP081 Dwarf Indian Banana ( Musa mannii )
An ornamental dwarf banana from India with thin, blackish pseudostems that reach 60 to 120 cm (2 to 4 ft.) tall, and spreading leaves with red midribs. The beautiful purplish pink flowers are held upright among the leaves. Musa mannii adapts well to both tropical and warm temperate climates and will grow best in a protected spot in filtered sun or shade. A good tub plant for cooler areas.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $3.95
2050 Thomson's Edible Banana ( Musa thomsonii )
A subtropical species native to the Himalayas in Bhutan and northeastern India. Its pseudostems can reach a height of up to 15 feet. The fruits are sweet but have seeds. The new leaves often have a red flush on the reverse side. Rather cold hardy for an edible variety, should survive down to zone 7b.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
SF163 Helen's Hybrid Edible Banana ( Musa sp. )
This beautiful banana seems to be a hybrid between Musa sikkimensis and Musa "Chini-Champa", a cultivar with very sweet and tasty fruits, popular in this area of India. While Musa "Chini-Champa" seems to bring some of the fruit quality and color, namely the red leaf-midribs, reddish leaf undersides, waxy white leafstalks and reddish stems into this marriage, Musa sikkimensis must be responsible for the cold-hardiness that enables it to grow here between 1400 and 1700 m (4700 and 5500 ft.). The fruits of course do have seeds, but otherwise their quality is quite agreeable, perhaps as close as one can get to a cold tolerant edible banana.
  10 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $4.95
RHM962 Sakai's Banana ( Musa sakaiana )
A new, recently described banana from Sarawak on the island of Borneo where it grows between 600 and 1600 m (2000 to 5200 ft.) in open patches, often along rivers. The closely suckering underground rhizome produces slender, green to purple pseudostems to 4 m (13 ft.) tall. The pendulous inflorescence produces up to 10 hands of small, straight, yellowish green fruits. It is similar to Musa lolok, another new but smaller species from Borneo. In cultivation it is still virtually unknown.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
RHM963 Peekel's Banana ( Musa peekelii )
A very large wild banana species from New Guinea that can grow over 30 feet tall. The attractive inflorescence has yellowish-green bracts, followed by a dense, rounded bunch of stunning fruit that ripen to a brilliant orange color and are extremely sweet when ripe, though studded with flattened, hard, black seeds.
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Z1810 Edible Ornamental Banana ( Musa sapientum )
An unusual type of ornamental banana that produces large, edible bananas, but the fruit is full of large black seeds and is not raised commercially for this reason. Can be raised in large tubs inside or zone 9 and higher outside. Inside, it rarely grows over 6 ft. tall, but can reach 10 ft. or more outside.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $3.95
Z2116 Yunnan Banana ( Musa sp. "Yunnan" )
These seeds originally came in as the rare Ensete wilsonii, the Snow Banana, however, seed shape and size suggest that the seeds are not Ensete but Musa sp. Our collector insists that the seeds were collected at very high altitude in Chinas Yunnan province, where Ensete wilsonii usually grows up to 2700m (9000ft). Even with its identity not cleared yet we think this could be a very interesting cold hardy species that would probably thrive under the same conditions as the legendary Musa basjoo and M. sikkimensis. Easily grown in zone 6 if mulched heavy, it should be tried in zone 5 more to determine it's limits.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
RLP092 Monkey Fingers Banana ( Musa acuminata ssp. microcarpa )
Indonesian origin. Grows to 20' and is famous with serious collectors because of the uniqueness of its lengthy 6' fruiting stalk which may have hundreds of small, thin finger-like bananas which may weigh 80 lb. The tart tasting fruits are not grown for consumption as much as for the novelty of the tree.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $3.95
RHM966 Kera Banana ( Musa borneensis )
Can be grown in tubs for attractive ornamental plant, will not tolerate any frost. A medium sized species from the tropical lowlands of southern Sarawak on the island of Borneo, growing about 12 ft. tall. These hold a crown of narrow, ascending leaves to about 12 ft. long. The stout, horizontally held and later pendulous inflorescence has red-purple bracts. A beautiful but still rare ornamental plant.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
RHM967 Kinabalu Mountain Banana ( Musa monticola )
This diminutive mountain banana is only known to grow above elevations of 1000 m (3300 ft.) in the mountainous regions of northern Sabah, Borneo. The slender, dark mottled pseudostems are only 1 to 2 m (3 to 7 ft.) tall. The upright inflorescence produces glossy purplish-brown bracts followed by miniature bananas held in a very dense bunch not much bigger than a very large pineapple. The small ripe fruits, although seedy, are very sweet.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
RHM968 Indian Dwarf Banana ( Musa laterita )
A pretty, small ornamental banana native to India and Burma that is quick to grow and freely suckering. It reaches 2 to 3 m (7 to 10 ft.) tall, the inflorescence is upright and has bright brick red bracts. Great in pots where it will flower with ease, or outside in the subtropical or tropical garden
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RHM151 Burmese Blue Banana ( Musa itinerans )
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!
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95

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 )
Z1705 Ornamental Christmas Banana ( Musa sumatrana )
A very striking dwarf banana that reaches a mature height of only 1,5 to 2m (5 to 7ft) with narrow leaves that are dark below and striped with red and green above. Subtropical to tropical. Ideal houseplant.
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2696 Red Flash ( Musa sikkimensis Red Flash )
A beautiful ornamental banana with deep red splashes across the top of leaves, underside of young leaves are often deep maroon. You definitely need this one in your collection, adds a different touch of tropical color. Price per pack: $5.95
  10 seeds
NW67 Darjeeling Banana ( Musa sikkimensis hookeri )
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.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $4.95
RLP023 Red Tiger ( Musa sikkimensis )
Red Tiger or Red Darjeeling Banana is a variety of Musa sikkimensis with striking red variegated leaves. The aerial parts of the plant will die from frost but the it will grow back next Spring.Grows very fast, suckers profusely.
Hardy to zone 8, may die back after frost or freezing weather, but will sprout back in spring if it have been mulched heavily.
 5 seeds $3.95
RLP067 Musa Ornata
A good container plant, very ornamental. A pretty dwarf Banana with beautiful orange flowers. Originally from India this 5 foot plant is hardy to zones 9-11.
 5 seeds $2.95
IP006 Musa Ornata Red
A good container plant, very ornamental. A pretty dwarf plant with beautiful red flowers and blusish green leaves. Zones 8b-11.
 5 seeds $2.95
RLP024 Mula Banana ( Musa muluensis )
This spectacular banana from the lowlands in Sarawak on the Island of Borneo produces clustering pseudostems to about 13 ft. tall. The arching inflorescence holds about 6 hands of finger-long fruits and a pendulous red or brownish male bud. Closely related to M. textilis, it does best with tropical conditions but is unknown in cultivation so far.
 5 seeds $2.95
2742 Cheeseman's Banana ( Musa cheesmani )
A nice addition to the ornamental banana line. A vigorous, large, wild banana from Northeastern India. The pseudostems are densely clustering, dark reddish brown, with a waxy white bloom towards the leaf stalk. The leaf is bright green above with a pale midrib and grayish below with a conspicuous purple brown midrib.
Price per pack: $2.95
  5 seeds
Z2093 Cold Hardy Chinese Dwarf Banana ( Musella lasiocarpa )
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.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
Z2306 Velvet Banana ( Musa velutina )
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 8-10 and higher outside.
  10 seeds Price per pack: $4.95
Z2007 Balbisiana Banana ( 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!
  10 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
Z2115 Giant Nepal Banana ( Ensete glaucum )
This exciting but little-known banana relative is also known as Musa nepalensis and Ensete giganteum, hinting at the plants giant size. It grows in China (Yunnan 800-1100m a.s.l.), Nepal, India, Burma, Thailand and possibly also in Tibet, Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. It has a thick, waxy and blue, solitary trunk, huge bluish leaves up to 10ft/3m long, and a huge nodding banana-producing inflorescence. It is extremely fast growing and so requires a good supply of fertilizer and water and is best planted in rich soil. In cold climates it would make an astonishing bedding plant during the Summer.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
Z2825 Ethiopian Banana ( Ensete ventricosum )
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.
 5 seeds $4.95
2204 Giant Yunnan Banana ( Musa itinerans Gigantea )
A very large and extremely fast growing wild banana from the mountain forests of southern Yunnan, China. Its reddish pseudostems can reach a diameter of more than 50 cm (20 in.) and a height of 12 m (40 ft.). The purplish fruits are popular with monkeys. Musa itinerans displays good root hardiness and will thrive under the same conditions as the legendary Musa basjoo and M. sikkimensis.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
2208 Blood Banana ( Musa zebrina )
This ornamental banana grows to 4' and is known by its colorful leaves - green with mottling of wine color on top while the underside is maroon. Grown in filtered sunlight. Seeds are the size of a small pea.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
New! Jim's Plant Growth Stimulator for Banana
Jim has developed this product through years of testing on his farms. This natural, environmentally safe solution will produce amazing results, producing vigorous plants and larger fruits. We highly recommend you do you own trial test ( i.e. spray one plant with solution, next to a plant not sprayed with solution over the length of a growing season ) to fully appreciate how effective this product is.
This is a two part water soluble product that should be mixed 14.75cc of each part ( we provide measuring spoon with solution } to one gallon of water and sprayed onto the foliage of the banana plants. It contains Food Grade H202, ( produced by nature ) Gibberellic Acid ( a natural plant growth hormone ), B1 and other plant vitamins, plant hormones, ( made from natural sources ) micronutrients including Boron (B), Copper (Cu), Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), Molybdenum (Mo), Sulfur (S) and Zinc (Zn) plus a natural detergent based "sticker" that makes the product stick to the leaves until absorbed by the plant.
This mix will make 16 gallons of solution.
  JPAG06 Plant Growth Stimulator for Banana Plants $15.95

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