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Musa itinerans 'Burmese Blue' - The Blue Banana - 10 Fresh Seeds
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Musa itinerans 'Burmese Blue' - The Blue Banana - 10 Fresh Seeds


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Musa itinerans 'Burmese Blue' - The Burmese Blue Banana

This listing is for 10 seeds.

This is a form of the Yunnan banana from Northern Thailand, which is as yet un-named in terms of a sub-species. It is a stable form, and comes from the high altitude areas of Northern Thailand at heights of 8000 feet. The plant can get up to 5 metres tall and is found in large stands. It will produce bluish purple, edible bananas that are used in Thai cuisine.

As a garden subject it has proved to be as hardy if not more so than Musa basjoo. It can survive temperatures as low as -15 C (5F), all that is required is a deep free draining soil and a winter mulch around the psuedostem. In a sheltered garden it will need little other protection as the shelter from the worst of the winter winds and wet will stop it from defoliating. A covering of fleece when snow is forecast will help. In more exposed locations it will benefit from being wrapped in a blanket of sacking or hessian to protect the leaves and crown.

It grows away quickly from seed, reaching up to 1 metre tall in the first year (ground to leaf tip) and by its second year it can be planted out and will get to around 2 metres or more in this second year. Growing bananas from seed has many advantages, the main one is numbers against cost. Buy a big grown banana and you would be rightly loathed to put your expensive investment in harms way. Pay just a few pence/cents for each seed grown plant and you can always experiment with hardiness and either be pleasantly surprised or not too out of pocket if it succumbs.

Full growing instructions are provided on my website, including the usage of germination accelerators which we wholeheartedly recommend for all banana seeds to improve germination. The germination sheet can be found here. The sheet for use of salt petre as a soak can be found here.

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