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The blue plastic colour helps to identify when the fruit was bagged (if you are using different colours) and the silver side reflects heat – make sure the silver colour faces the sun.
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;
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.
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.
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.
Flat measurement of the banana fruit bunch cover blue bag is 1220mm x 720mm. The thickness of the bags is approximately 50uM.
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.
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.
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.
“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)
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.
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