Frequently Asked Questions
Can I grow a banana plant in my backyard in Queensland?
AS OF JULY 2016 – YES!
There are no longer any restrictions on the varieties permitted for home cultivation.
Backyard banana growers can now have any variety, and any number of banana plants, provided they are tissue-cultured plants purchased only from a QBAN accredited banana nursery.
(Ornamental bananas are still prohibited in QLD).
Currently we stock (subject to availability):
Cavendish and Ladyfingers (YES THEY ARE BOTH NOW PERMITTED FOR BACKYARDS), Bluggoe, Dwarf Ducasse, Pisang Ceylan, Terema, Dwarf Red Dacca, Goldfinger, Pisang Mas, Sucrier and Senorita.
No other special varieties are available at this time.
Do I need a permit to grow backyard banana plants in Queensland?
NOT ANY MORE!
On July 1st 2016 the regulations changed. A permit is no longer required if you purchase tissue – cultured plants, from a QBAN accredited banana plant production nursery, supplied to an approved retail nursery.
We have approval from Biosecurity Queensland to sell backyard banana plants to anyone in QLD (from the NSW border to just north of Cooktown). If you are ever inspected, you can rest assured because you will be able to confirm you have obtained your banana plants from a legal source.
Can I take a banana sucker from a friend’s plant? Can I buy banana suckers from the markets or Gumtree?
NO and NO.
The Plant Protection Act (1989) and the Plant Protection Regulation (2014) administered by Biosecurity Queensland prohibits the movement of non tissue-cultured banana plant material (suckers), WITHOUT A PERMIT.
If you buy a banana plant from a flea market, or Gumtree, chances are it’s a sucker dug out of the ground, perhaps from an abandoned banana farm. Will the seller provide a permit? If a banana plant inspector comes to your property, you won’t be able to prove you purchased your plant legally.
Our banana plants are clean-sourced, virus-tested, propagated under sterile laboratory conditions and grown in soil-free potting medium in our frog-friendly nursery.
If you follow our guidelines and nurture a sucker or two for the following year, you should get FREE banana plants every year for the next 5-7 years!
How does the plant come to me?
The plants are grown in either 120mm forestry tubes, or peat jiffy pots (depending on the variety) and are approximately 300mm – 600mm tall. The pot is wrapped in a plastic bag to retain moisture, the plant is placed into a poster tube, a cable tie secures the pot to the cap, to prevent it from sliding around in transit, endeavoring to minimise transit damage. Every effort is made to ensure the plants are packed as carefully as possible, and they are delivered by Australia Post. Please read the Delivery section.
Do you ship plants interstate?
WE SELL TO CUSTOMERS IN QLD, SA VIC AND ACT ONLY.
NSW – the purchase and movement of banana plants from QLD into NSW is prohibited.
WA, TAS and NT – Chemical treatment, visual inspection and certification of each shipment by QLD Biosecurity is required for sales to WA and NT. Certification is required for sales to TAS.
The cost of annual certification and compliance with these requirements makes sales to these states not viable.