Musa coccinea (Scarlet Banana) seeds
Musa coccinea is ideal for indoor cultivation as it grows to only 1.2m and is suited to indoor conditions. This banana is highly ornamental with dark green leaves that are paler below and up to 1m long, and spirals of tubular, yellow flowers enclosed in bright red bracts in summer. These are followed by 5cm banana-like, orange-yellow fruits (not edible).
Tender Perennial (min 10C)
Height: to 120cm
Position: Does best in filtered sunlight.
Packet of 6 seeds
Pre-Sowing Instructions: Soak the seeds for 48 hours in warm water. To keep the water warm rest the container on a radiator, place in a propagator or in the airing cupboard. If this is not possible, change the water frequently to keep it warm.
Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year. Sow well-spaced and 10mm deep in an equal mix of sand and good quality seed compost, eg. John Innes. Seal inside a polythene bag or place in a propagator and maintain at about 25C, keeping the humidity high. Germination takes can take anything from 3 months to a year and can be erratic hence the need to sow the seeds well-spaced. Check the container regularly to make sure the compost does not dry out.
Growing Instructions: When seedlings are large enough to handle, remove them carefully from the container and pot up individually into 9-11cm pots. Grow on in cooler conditions in good, natural light, but avoid direct sunlight, re-potting as necessary – they can grow very quickly! Young plants need a minimum of 10C and can be put outdoors in summer in a sheltered spot preferably with filtered sunlight.