Suckers please. Can I get some?

Duncan helps Isaac harvest verge-grown bananas during the Better Homes and Gardens shoot.

Duncan helps Isaac harvest verge-grown bananas during the Better Homes and Gardens shoot.

Wanting bananas, just like those that grow in Stephen St. aka. now Banana Street.  If you live locally we can't and won't knowingly give them to you, so we'd LOVE it if you stopped asking. Here is how you can obtain your very own. The legit way.  The process has been simplified quite a bit since we planted the miniature varieties in Banana St. in 2012.  We love simple processes, they encourage participation by removing onerous red tape.  They make things easy for people (take note Sunshine Coast Council)  Remember we grow miniatures so if you want the aesthetic quality and the ease of harvest you will need to order from the miniature range.  You can do this by ordering from a Queensland Banana Accredited Nursery.  We use and have always used Blue Sky Backyard Bananas, located in Tully, Far North Queensland. For those who live at the other end of Queensland (in the south), there are three retail nursery's that sell accredited stock. They are Turners Garden Centre in Rochedale, Brisbane, Horticulture Touch in North Maclean, Brisbane and Top Tropics in Chapel Hill, Brisbane.

You are not required a permit (now that is a progressive and forward-thinking move by a government) however you must purchase your stock from an accredited tissue nursery or from a nursery that gets their stock this way.  Please don't hand out suckers to family and friends or buy from rogue sellers at your local market.  The stock could very well be diseased, which ultimately risks the entire industry.  Finally if you are growing or about to grow bananas, please be pedantic about their health and hygiene.  We all have a responsibility to prevent diseases from spreading throughout the state.

Happy sucker hunting!