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  • and stains the hell out of the paint on the outside of your house. 

  • Sap just doesn't wash out of clothes and is tough to get off your skin.

  • and watch out for the sap. 

  • Chop up the old stem and leave it to fertilise the next stem, they break down quickly and are the perfect food for the next season's plant.

  • I find the easiest way to harvest the bunch is to pull the whole tree over, bunch and all.  It's remarkably easy and the trunk is just strong enough to make sure the bunch doesn't hit the deck.  It's easier to get the tree out then as well. 

  • Yes Carol. Suggest you comb this site for Banana-growing info and also the Blue Sky site. There is *buckets* of info about!

  • Is it correct that after a bunch of bananas has been cut from the tree it is necessary to cut the banana tree down as it won't fruit again?

  • The bell which contains many bracts and immature flowers in layer upon layer, does not serve any obvious purpose once the bunch has started to fill out. There is some nectar there which honeyeaters like to harvest. Some traditions use the inner parts of the bell in recipes.

    The taller Banana varieties can be harvested from ground level. No need to shinny up a ladder and perch precariously! With a machete or cane knife, chop into the stem at a comfortable level as though you were felling a tree. The stem comes down with the bunch, although the bunch can be very heavy - 40kgs often - it at least is at a working height. Finding somewhere to tie up the stem and let the rest of the bunch ripen is a challenge though. I did not know this useful piece of information when I grew Lady Fingers. And I was 30 years younger but still the bunch weight was a challenge.

  • Getting rid of the lady fingers may have been a mistake  there are no restrictions on banana  number and type   now  but you have to plant from tissue culture .The blossom of the banana can be eaten seems a bit extreme to eat something that small .The leaves are also used for cooking or to serve food

  • Susan,

    That is a beautiful bunch of bananas, any commercial grower would be proud of that! Thanks very much for the insight on height etc. I have ordered a dwarf red dacca, but might add a goldfinger to that order now. 

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