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Growing bananas in Sydney

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davewastech starts with ...
Hi guys,
I'm considering buying and planting a lady finger banana in a frost-free part of Sydney (near Chatswood). What season would be best for me to plant?
I would consider other banana varieties too - so long as they do ok in this climate and taste good (raw - I'm not a fan of cooking bananas)
Thanks for any advice,
Dave
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WILLOUGHBY EAST,2068,NSW
21st February 2020 1:23pm
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Mindy1 says...
I'm growing several varieties just north of Melbourne and have been for a couple of years - dwarf Cavendish, dwarf Red Dacca, DPM25, Ladyfinger and Blue Java. I put mine in the end of February so they still had decent warmth without the blistering hot days and they've done well. All of mine are raw eating bananas. The Cavendish throws out so many suckers, the Ladyfinger and Blue Java best growing (I'd recommend Blue Java for cold tolerance and also hard if not impossible to find the fruit in shops). Daley's have a great range of bananas.
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SUNBURY,3429,VIC
23rd February 2020 4:18pm
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davewastech says...
Thanks Mindy,
Interesting to know you've had success so far south. Have they fruited yet? and if so how's the taste?
Also I know of one big clump of lady fingers (in Sydney) where rats (bush rats?) have been damaging the roots. But it's in a spot right adjacent to a creek and bush - hopefully I won't have this problem.
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24th February 2020 2:02pm
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Chad says...
My cousin had no problems growing lady finger banana in frost free area south of Wollongong
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25th February 2020 9:53am
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Mindy1 says...
Haven't yet fruited (almost 2 yrs old) so expecting in the next year. I'm conscious of the temperature difference from here to the subtropics! But we've had a humid Summer which has helped. Don't think they're far off sending out a flower bell. But I do know of people in Melbourne that have had theirs fruit and think the taste is better than shop bought (isn't it always). I know the possums and bats / flying foxes like to eat at the fruit, but haven't heard about root damage. We pile pretty much anything onto ours so the roots are generally covered well with compost/manure/pea straw/mulch but we find blackbirds are our biggest issue so far in digging things up and scratching around the root area. Good luck with yours, I love ours, it's been fun to get them to even this stage, with a lot of people shocked that we can get banana plants to survive down here.
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25th February 2020 10:48am
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David01 says...
Hi davewastech,

Banana will grow anywhere in Melbourne and even better in NSW. I have dwarf Cavendish, dwarf Red Dacca and few unk bananas. The Cavendish and Red Dacca still don't have any sign of flowers yet (3 years). The unk one has flower every year but no success. The main problem is banana take longer time to ripen in Melbourne as the temp drops to below 15C the young fruits die back.This year I move few plants in the green house to see can the problem be solved. Cheers.
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CRAIGIEBURN,3064,VIC
26th February 2020 11:13am
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davewastech says...
Thanks David, Mindy and Chad. I'll try a Lady Finger (I just found out where I can obtain a "pup" for free near my home)
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27th February 2020 10:21am
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