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The use of a Banana ripening bag can improve the quality of the fruit as well as increase the yield.
The yellow plastic colour helps to identify when the fruit was bagged and half silver reflects heat – make sure the silver colour faces the sun. The bag is open at the top and bottom – simply tie the bag loosely at the top and is leave the bag open at the bottom – giving better air-flow.
Flat measurement of the bag is 1220mm x 720mm.
The UV added in the manufacturing of this product makes it better suited to the Australian climate compared to some overseas manufactured bags.
When the bananas start to turn upwards, use a bunch cover to protect it from birds and fruit bats – as the flying foxes will climb over the bunch to get to the flower which contains the nectar they love. Best not to leave ripe fruit on the tree because that will drive the bats crazy and they will destroy the bunch!
There are 2 main methods to ripening the fruit;
Tree ripening the fruit will give a beautiful sweet tastes, so only take a few at a time while the others ripen.
Commercial growers harvest while the lowest fruit is rounded but still green. Ripen a by keeping them in a cool, dry place with other ripe bananas.