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I have a good bunch developing on my dwarf ducasse banana, finally after 2 years of just looking pretty. I am wondering if I should bag it and at what point and with what exactly? At the moment the bell has released about 6 hands but they are still very small. Also - where can I get banana bags from - could I recycle something? Any advice very welcome - this is my first crop ever and a bit protective of it!

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Comment by Lissa on November 28, 2015 at 7:18

We've all had different experiences with our various narnies and the Dwf Ducasse.

I bagged the very first bunch I grew but have never bothered since and suffer no ill consequences.

My Dwf Ducasse get a lean but they have never fallen over as Elaine experienced. The last bunch I removed the heavy bell and some leaves to reduce the weight on the plant and all was well.

I normally do not remove the bell. The birds like them and the one workshop I went to on growing narnies told me not to remove, so I follow that advice.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 25, 2015 at 21:30

Bagging is an open question as is cutting/not cutting the bell.

I found with the dwarf Ducasse the stem was not able to support the bunch as it matured and the stem just collapsed.

Many variations on props but the one advocated to support the bunch stem rather than the plant stem, is a tripod. If you look around you'll find plenty of pix. It would be the most efficient of the props.

Comment by Christa on November 25, 2015 at 20:47

Not sure where you live Wendy, but we bought ours from Capalaba Produce at 3247 Old Cleveland Road.  I am pretty sure a good produce store would sell them.    We normally bag ours when the fruit has thickened up a bit, close to eating size.  Then bag to protect and check regularly for colouring. We close up the top and leave the bottom open.   Watch out for rats.  Do you have a prop to hold it up, we use 2 hardwood  planks crossed at the top to support our bunch.

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