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There were bananas growing on this property when we arrived so I can’t claim they were my idea. But we do get some great hands of bananas now. The flying foxes love them too and I don’t mind sharing the mangoes with them, but I want to keep the bananas growing to their full size and not rip them down to save them from the bats.
Besides plastic bags, is there a way to keep the bananas safe until they’;re ready to pick?
I’ve attached a pic of some of our bananas.
They look great Forest – so cute!
I don’t have any tried methods for keeping banana loving bats away from those cuties but some ideas…what are the bats scared of? Bird of prey? – fake bird cut out profile? Shiny things? – string some tinfoil up? Chilli/mustard/garlic? – spray the unripe bananas with some hot chilli/mustard/garlic tea to deter them – like you do to an egg eating chook?
As bats fly around in the dark, I doubt those shiny things would work on them. I might try a chilli spray.
I hope it helps. Please let me know how you go.
I have had heaps of great results using a chilli/soap/oil spray, stopped possums from eatting my sugar cane too. just have to watch that over spray, ouch.
I planted 32 lady fingers, about 25 came up and the rest rotted in the ground I think due to large rains we had after I planted them, I eat lots of Banana each day so it was logical for me to plant a heap of them, if they grow well I will try some other breeds, the guy from the DPI was really helpful too.
They are only 1-2 feet at the moment, I hope they will be able to handle the wind we get here sometimes. I’m also interplanting them with sugar cane.