Unfortunately due to an overwhelming demand since Cyclone Yasi, there is a six month waiting list for banana plants! So I’m going to have to put my banana growing plans on hold. Here’s some of the information I discovered while conducting research.
Bananas require full sunlight for most of the day. They do best is a sheltered area where the roots will not become flooded. The best time to plant is from September to mid-December.
They require a large amount of plant nutrients to grow and fruit. (800 grams of lime, 240 gram of urea, 30 grams of super
Residential growers in south Queensland require a permit to grow a maximum of 10 plants. Permits are free of charge and made to Biosecurity (currently part of the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries).
The only permitted varieties are:
- Blue Java – Silvery wax bloom, white flesh, dessert and cooking
- Bluggoe (plantain or cooking banana) – angular fruit
- Kluai Namwa Khom (Dwarf Ducasse) – fragrant sweet flavour, dessert and cooking, very vigorous. Referred to as sugar banana.
- Goldfinger – tangy tasting, doesn’t turn brown when cut
- Ladyfinger – drought hardy, long shelf life, dessert type, sweet creamy flesh
- Pissang Ceylan -pinkish midribs on leaves, agreeably sweet acid
There is currently only ONE supplier in Queensland – Blue Sky Backyard Bananas – each plant costs $30 each including postage.
Agrilink produce a Tropical banana information kit as a series of PDFs. The kit provides information on all aspects of growing tropical bananas in Queensland.
Jerry Coleby-Williams has written a Fact Sheet: Growing Bananas for the ABC Gardening website.