Here is some of the information I discovered while researching how to go about growing bananas in your backyard for Brisbane and Queensland.
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 them is from September to mid-December.
Bananas require generous amounts 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 Agriculture and Fisheries).
Permitted Bananas in Queensland
The only permitted varieties of bananas 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 ONE supplier in Queensland – Blue Sky Backyard Bananas – each plant costs from $25 including postage and handling.
Agrilink have developed 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 great Fact Sheet: Growing Bananas for the ABC Gardening website.