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The DPI (now called DAFF) has some definite information about what varieties of Bananas are legal to grow in a non-commercial planting. Please note that Cavendish (aka Williams) are NOT legal to grow in the home garden. That has been mentioned before on this Forum. This is the link to that information. I am not going to dob in anyone who is growing them, but if something does happen in the way of disease outbreak at least those growing Cavs have been informed. Some relevant info:

"The Queensland banana industry is worth over $400 million per year. Fortunately, Queensland is free of many of the exotic banana pests and diseases that plague other banana-producing countries. If these pests and diseases establish in Queensland, they could increase the cost of banana production and in some cases make commercial production impossible.

You can help to maintain the clean and green status of the Queensland banana industry by:

  • buying only clean planting material of approved varieties
  • reporting unusual symptoms
  • keeping leaf disease under control
  • observing quarantine requirements."



You can grow up to a maximum of 10 banana plants or 30 pseudostems of approved varieties for a residential plantation. Residential plantations are defined as those bananas not grown for commercial purposes. Residential banana growers must comply with current biosecurity legislation.

There are several different pest quarantine areas along Queensland´s coast and only certain banana varieties can be grown on residential plantations within these areas."


"Special and southern pest quarantine areas: [that is we here in south-eastern Qld]

Blue Java
Goldfinger (FHIA 01)
Kluai namwa khom (dwarf ducasse)
Lady finger
Pisang ceylan (mysore type)"

There is a lot more information on the site.

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on October 11, 2013 at 21:42

Good reminder Elaine. 

Comment by Lissa on October 10, 2013 at 5:28

Good info Elaine.

I heard something about Blue Sky Nursery being defunct.....just had a quick look and the site seems to be still up and running.

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