Banana Plant Seeds


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
NB68 Royal Purple Banana Musa spp.
Grows to 6 feet tall, but does great in a patio pot as well.. This ornamental banana produces the most beautiful purple flower bracts and small fruits that are laden with pea sised seeds. It can be grown in full sun or in half shade. Clumping habit. Very easy to care for.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
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
RLP060 Royal Sweet Banana Musa paradisiaca royalii
According to our grower in Brazil, this is one of the best seeded bananas for eating fresh. A fast grower and yeilds large "bunches", requires same maturing time as other bananas.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
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
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.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
RHM964 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.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
RHM965 Voon's Banana Musa voonii
Can be grown outside in warm climates or as a very ornamental patio plant. Named after renowned horticulturist Boon Hoe Voon. Musa voonii is a medium-sized plant with a slender densely clustering, reddish-purple pseudostem to about 3 m (10 ft.) tall. The inflorescence is held horizontally and produces shiny, deep reddish-purple bracts that are followed by small, pale fruits to 11 cm (4.5 in.) long. Although seeded, the fruits are quite flavorful. Musa voonii is closely related to M. beccarii. The latter can be distinguished, among other characteristics, by its smaller, upright inflorescences with much fewer fruits. As a lowland species, it thrives in hot, humid environments.
  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.
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  5 seeds 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
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
Z2116 Yunnan Banana Musa sp. "Yunnan"
A beautiful, high altitude banana from China's Yunnan Province 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. 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
  50 seeds bulk pack. Price per pack: $25.95

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"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
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
RLP066 Musa Beccari
A good container plant, very ornamental. A beautiful, small Banana from Borneo that produces an upright, cone-like, long lived inflorescence with red, tightly overlapping bracts that sport yellowish green tips. It is easy to grow and enjoys a tropical climate.
 5 seeds $2.95
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
RLP025 Miri Swamp Banana Musa campestris var. miriensis
A smallish Musa from northern Sarawak on the island of Borneo that forms small clusters of light green, black-purplish pseudostems to 5 ft. tall. The upright inflorescence displays beautiful pink bracts followed by, small but slender and whitish fruit.Zones 9-11.
 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
Z2450 Darjeeling Banana Musa sikkimensis (= M. 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: $5.95
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
RLP112 Ensete Livingstonianum
Seems to be recognized as E. gilletii as well. A new type of ensete available from RPS, when we first tried these, they looked the same as other ensetes, but we immediately noticed how fast they grew, and as they matured, they began to develop their own unique appearance. A very solid crownshaft and the large leaves stand up well to high winds. A low germination in all batches we have tested, but a good addition for the collectors out there.
  5 seeds per pack: $5.95
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 $14.95



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