Banana Fruit Bunch Cover for ripening fruit
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FACE SILVER SIDE TOWARDS SUN
The blue plastic colour helps to identify when the fruit was bagged (if you are using different colours) and the silver side reduces sunburn – make sure the silver colour faces the sun.
Covers Aid with Ripening
The use of a Banana fruit bunch cover blue ripening bag can improve the quality of the fruit as well as increase the yield, and in many case reduce the ripening time. The ripening fruit gives off a gas that in turn speeds up the ripening of remaining fruit. 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.
Note that leaving ripe fruit on the tree will attract the fruit bats and they can make a mess of the bunch – In that case you may be better off ripening the fully formed fruit indoors.
OPEN AT BOTH ENDS
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.
PROTECT FROM DAMAGE
Banana Bunch Covers can protect the skin of the fruit against wind damage, leaf, insect and some bird damage as the fruit matures. As the ripening gas released by the bunch is trapped inside, the bats and birds etc. are not attracted to the bunch in the same way as not having a cover.
- Generally, once the fruit bunch is forming and the ‘fingers’ (forming bananas) are beginning to turn upwards, it is time to put a bag on after the bracts that cover the hands have fallen and the flower ends have hardened.
- Alternatively in situations where Fruit Bats or birds are a problem, the bag can be fitted not long after the ‘bell’ forms. This technique requires a bit more maintenance as the bracts must be removed from the cover as they fall to ensure correct protection and ripening.
Flat measurement of the banana fruit bunch cover blue bag is 1220mm x 720mm. The thickness of the bags is approximately 50uM.
Brand – Nursery and Garden Supplies
We supply our own brand of professional grade Banana Bags which have been developed with improvements on other brands. We know you will be happy with our very proudly Australian Made bags.
- Our bags will protect the fruit more effectively against UV damage.
- Ours will last out in the sun.
When to Harvest Fruit
If you do not want all the fruit to ripen at the same time, remove a hand of the ripening bananas often. It is the gas released by ripening fruit that is the catalyst for more of the fruit to ripen quicker. Instead of tree ripening, you can pick fruit before ripe and ripen them in a paper bag inside. Leaving ripe fruit on the tree can be an attractant to Flying Foxes who clamber over the fruit bunch to get to the Flower’s nectar – the use of a bunch cover should help limit the damage some.
WHAT’S THE IDEA OF BUYING DIFFERENT COLOURS?
Well the answer to that is easy! If you are not a commercial grower, the chances are that it will make no difference at all which colour you use. Farmers use banana fruit bunch cover colours to help them identify when the fruit was covered and in turn, when it should be ready for harvest.
“The colours behave as a filter of photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) which are the wavelengths between 400 and 700 nm that are used during photosynthesis. The industry usually uses blue or transparent covers. Blue covers let in 73% of the wavelengths in the PAR, whereas transparent ones let in 93%. Nevertheless, blue covers produce heavier bunches because it lets in the heat without causing burns because it blocks UV more rays.” (quoted from an article published on Promusa website about Banana Bagging)
Is a double layered banana cover more effective?
According to a a NSW DPI AGFACT article there was no evidence to suggest any advantage in using a double layered (imported style) bag compared to the single layered bag.
If you remove some of the smaller fruit hands from the end of the bunch, the remainder of the fruit will benefit, and you should get better quality fruit as a result.
Do I need perforations?
Again studies have suggested the perforated bags are not necessary in the Australian Sub-Tropical Banana Growing Climate. These are more useful in the Tropical conditions found throughout Asia and South America, etc. According to these findings, the bags used, even through Queensland, do not need to have perforations.
This product is Recyclable
LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene) plastic is soft and flexible. These items can’t be recycled through your kerbside recycling bin and can only be recycled through special collection and recycling programs and made into furniture, road base or railway infrastructure.
This product is manufactured containing a minimum of 40% recycled content.
Nursery and Garden Supplies
Nursery and Garden Supplies is a family owned and run Queensland business. Our goal is to provide you with the best service, highly competitive prices and the highest quality products.
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