This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
It is generally known that the ordinary Banana never produces seed. The fruit is the pulpy seed vessel, - but the seeds never perfect. Young plants are raised by offsets. The rare and extremely beautiful kind Musa ensete, does not sucker, and hence cannot be reproduced as the others are. On the other hand it produces seeds which grow easily, when seeds can be had, which, however, is not often, so that it is not often seen in collections. It is a grand plant for summer culture in the open air.