Effects of Pre-Treatment of Gibberellic Acid Solution on Musa sikkimensis Seeds

  • William Purdom Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • Julie Glover Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Abstract

Musa sikkimensis Kurz (Musaceae) is one of the most popular banana species in the western world. It is near-hardy, surviving temperatures down to 0°C, but its propagation and cultivation are little researched. This study investigates the effects of gibberellic acid treatment on germination of Musa sikkimensis seeds. Enhanced germination rates will offer nurseries, botanic gardens and amenity growers the opportunity to increase their cultivation success. The findings are compared with those of other Musa species.

Author Biographies

William Purdom, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
William Purdom is a third year student at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh with specialities in Zingiberales and Balsaminaceae
Julie Glover, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Julie Glover is an HND graduate at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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Published
2017-12-08
How to Cite
Purdom, W., & Glover, J. (2017). Effects of Pre-Treatment of Gibberellic Acid Solution on Musa sikkimensis Seeds. Sibbaldia: The International Journal of Botanic Garden Horticulture, (15), 31-37. https://doi.org/10.23823/Sibbaldia/2017.221
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