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Banana - Exotic Seed Collection

Ensete ventricosum, Musa ensete, Musa arnoldiana, Abyssinian Banana, Ethiopian Banana

Tender Perennial

 Customer Rating

Decorative, huge leaves rivalling any expensive mature house plants. Grows 3ft in the first four months!

Ideal For:
patio, greenhouse, conservatory, exotic garden, specimen plant
Flowering Period:
June, July, August
Sowing Months:
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
sun or semi shade
    • 1 packet (5 banana seeds)

    • Despatch: Within 1 days
    • £0.99

Sow anytime of year after soaking the seeds for 24 hours in lukewarm water. Use a peat based seed compost and sow 6mm (0.25in) deep. After sowing, seal the seed container inside a polythene bag in order to keep the compost moist. Germination is slow and erratic and can take 1-6 months at 80F.

As each seed germinates, transfer it to a 3 in pot of good free draining compost, taking care not to damage the fragile roots. Pot on as required, the larger the container the larger the plant will grow.

Grow on in warm well lit conditions. During summer they can be stood outside or planted in the border but should be brought into well lit frost free conditions for the winter when it should be kept moderately dry. Some discolouration of the leaf ends may occur through the winter months but this won't harm the plant.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a P&P charge of £1.95.
Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.95.
Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products a maximum P&P charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Please see our Delivery / P&P page for further details and details of any surcharges that may apply to certain destinations.

  1. No luck with germination

    By Arati Kumar 28-07-2015

    Am dissapointed that not one of them germinated.. it just went mushy when i checked after a month so no chance of them coming up at all.. was looking forward to having a banana plant on the porch but sadly this one did not live up to the promise.. not sure if its just a batch problem since the other 2 reviews seem good.


    Thank you for your review. I am sorry to learn of the disappointing results with your seeds. If you would like to contact our Customer Care Department at, one of our agents will be more than happy to look in to this further for you.

  2. Stunning growth rate!

    By michael worsdale 04-04-2014

    One seed germinated after a week, the other 4 would not germinate after several attempts at re soaking .etc. so I posted them to a friend, see if they have any luck. My letter to her got lost in the post so maybe there will be a Banana plant growing in a sorting office somewhere :D. The one that did germinate is about 18 inch tall already in about 10 weeks and its not summer yet, think I'll need a bigger pot soon. Great fun for 99p :D.


    Thank you for your review. I hope we can continue to be of service.

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