Banana Cavendish Williams
Originated from a mutation of Dwarf Cavendish found in Queensland. It is now a common commercial banana of northern NSW and southern Queensland. Produces large heads of fruit that are sweet and delicious. Neatly packaged in their attractive easy-peel skins, hygienically enclosing the sweet, creamy-white, floury flesh; bananas are the perfect convenience food.
Habit - Bananas are very easy to grow. Ideal family is one mother plant with 2-3 daughters. Once a plant has fruited cut it down and chop into pieces and add as mulch around the daughters. Wind resistant and cold hardy.
Size - Quick growing banana reaching approximate height of 3-5 metres.
Pollination - Self-fertile. The flower stalk appears out of the centre once the plant is fully grown. It hangs down as the flower develops. The male flower develops at the end of the flower stalk creating a bell. The female flowers spiral around the stem. The female flowers are white tubular with rich nectar purple bracts and deep red within.
Harvest - Once a bunch of bananas has developed remove the bell flower. This will make sure the energy is put into fruit development. Harvest the bunch once the oldest bananas start to yellow and hang up in a shed to ripen. Or harvest fruit individually as they tree ripen in spring.