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Banana Seeds

Big Leaves for Exotic Effect

The Bananas – probably my favourite Exotic for a stunning effect, and easy to grow from banana seed (if you know how to break the natural seed dormancy), with plants to 4’ in the first year if sown early! They have few rivals for subtropical effect with huge leaves gently waving in a soft breeze. Some varieties can be treated as bedding perennials if the root stocks are protected in winter with some sacking or other suitable material. (See the Winter Protection Tips Page on our Web Site.) Others are best grown as summer bedding with one or, at most, two years winter protection in a Conservatory or Greenhouse if you have the room! Don’t forget to follow the special germination instructions on all of our Musa seed packets.

We provide seeds of many ornamental Banana varieties including, Musa Sikkimensis, Musa velutina, Musa zebrina, Musa Daj Giant, Musa Helens Hybrid and among the Ensete varieties, Ensete venticosum, Ensete Superbum and Ensete glaucum. Mor varieties on our Plant site www.junglegardens.co.uk

Do Bananas Have Seeds?

The Spruce / Letícia Almeida

If you’re the type to wonder about such things, you may have noticed that the bananas you buy at the store seem to contain no seeds. If that’s the case, how does the banana tree reproduce? Well, it turns out the bananas do have seeds (of a sort) but they aren’t used for reproduction.

Banana Seeds

If you went out into the wild and opened a banana fruit, you would probably find seeds. Some, in fact, are large and take up much of the fruit, making the flesh hard to eat. Our commercial bananas (which are, for the most part, the Cavendish variety) have been specially bred over the years so that they are seedless triploids that do not form mature seeds. If you’ve noticed little black dots in the middle of the banana, you’ve discovered immature seeds that won’t develop, which happens with triploids.

Tasty Mutant

The banana is actually a type of plantain. Those of the sweet variety that we usually peel and eat raw are often called “dessert” bananas, owing to their sweetness and general snackability. What we call “plantains” simply have that popular name to distinguish them as the large varieties that are typically cooked before eating. Yummy, yellow dessert bananas are bred from mutant strains of banana plants that happened to produce fruit without useful seeds. Banana plants are cultivated by removing rhizomes from host plants and replanting the samples to grow on their own. With this method, one plant can become the “mother” of an entire plantation made up of genetically identical plants.

Talking About Bananas

The next time you need to impress someone, peel off these terms to show your banana brain.

Have you ever stopped to think and wonder whether bananas have seeds? Learn all about banana seeds and many other facts of this a-peel-ing fruit. ]]>