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The bananas bought in the shops are all sterile hybrids and will never produce a plant from seed. If you want to grow one you will either have to take a cutting from a plant you have access to or go and buy a plant from a nursery (they're called Musa). I've seen them for sale at the local Homebase. They are not hardy though so will only really thrive indoors.
But, unlike an apple, or a grape, or an orange there are no pips/seeds !!
Wow..I did not know that either.....is it classified as a bush then or what?
Quote from: neilep on 12/02/2009 19:02:11But, unlike an apple, or a grape, or an orange there are no pips/seeds !!if'n you cut a banana lengthways you can see the seeds.. or at least.. you used to.
Banana's used to have big seeds inside them, it's through selective breeding that humans have made what you find in the supermarkets today.
Quote from: Karen W. on 12/02/2009 22:12:05Wow..I did not know that either.....is it classified as a bush then or what?It's a herb, actually.
Banana plants are known to survive outdoors in the UK, but will rarely if ever bear fruit which can be consumed and will need protection from winter frost.Look at this report from the RHS http://www.rhs.org.uk/Learning/Publications/pubs/garden0502/There are many bananas grown in large greenhouses such as Kew and one just down the road from me at Hall Place, Bexley, which regularly bears fruit. http://www.hallplace.com/
Bananas can be propagated using the suckers(babies). As banana grows the banana "babies" also grow besides the original plant.when you cut the stem of the mother plant this little ones will grow also.So, after planting a single banana you will find plenty of them growing later on. In the Philippines it takes about 7-8 months to plant and harvest bananas.You can also start bananas from the seeds but it will take a very long time and very hard to germinate. That is why local laboratories here utilize a tissue culture method. I have no technical know how on how to tissue culture a banana but it is being done here for our certain variety of banana.