BAG A BANANA

THERE are several hands of bananas on the stand of banana trees I have in my semi-tropical coastal back yard. One of the joys of moving fr...



THERE are several hands of bananas on the stand of banana trees I have in my semi-tropical coastal back yard. One of the joys of moving from the Central West to a warmer region was that I could grow a greater variety of fruits and veggies. I haven’t yet had success with the bananas but was told that if you cut the flower off and put a plastic bag over the hands, the bananas will continue to grow and ripen. Here’s hoping. In the meantime we’ve all admired the sculptural beauty that is the banana flower.

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  1. Yep - plastic bag will do it. We had successful bananas in Bondi with that method. The bag does have to be a nice thick sort of plastic though, not flimsy or the birds will be attracted to it and will peck through to get at your nanas!

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  2. So pretty!!! I love, love bananas - I have one religiously every day as a snack!! Plastic bags sound like the go. Sort of like a mini-hot house for them!

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  3. Yeah, not just bananas. I've seen people wrap plastic bags round fruits while they're still on the tress. Btw, bananas never looked so nice like I'm seeing them here :)

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  4. See? - one of the many uses for recycled plastic bags!! I've never seen a banana flower before, but then I've rarely been to semi-tropical parts of this land.Although well-travelled overseas,it took me 55 years to get to the Northern Territory! Good luck with the bananas...they were incredibly expensive in South Australia years ago, almost unobtainable after most bananas were wiped out with the Queensland hurricanes and storms.

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  5. just add a franjipani and you're in the tropics.
    just watch out for banana tree sap, it looks harmless but will stain clothes brown.

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  6. Hiya Katie! just dropping in to say g'day!!!

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  7. Obviously living too far south for my own good. That flower is beautiful. While I totally get the theory, what a bummer it has to go around with a bag on its head!

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  8. Have you tried using banana flowers in salads? I think it's a Thai thing. Quite tasty. x

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  9. Ahh look at your flowers...they are pretty cool aren't they! great shots!
    Re chopping your tree down...well general consensus seems to be that a tree will only produce one bunch in it's life...so maybe you have a freakish one there? or maybe they will produce more but the quality of the narnies you may get will drop dramatically?
    I chop mine down once they have fruited and allow only one to two suckers per parent tree to grow from it...which of course will then be next to fruit.
    Have you thought of trying a stir fry with your bell after you cut it off? On my to do list!
    Can't wait to see how your bunch turns out...such a wait isn't it.
    Oh and did I mention they are quite hungry tree? Lots of water compost and chooky poo will improve your fruit no end!

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