I know most people say to remove the banana bell (the flower head) but I would encourage you to leave it on (unless you are going to eat it) for four reasons:
- Most important - the honey eaters love them. Once they find your bell, they will visit twice a day, every day until the bell stops producing flowers. There is so little food out there for them. Every bit helps.
- The bell can tell you when the bunch is ready - when it starts looking small and the distance between the bell and bunch is about 50cm (I have lady fingers and pink pisang)
- The bell stem gives you something to grab - to pull down the bunch so you can cut a hand of bananas.
- Its one less time you will get covered with that oh so wonderful (not) sap.
PS These are the birds that visit my bunch - blue faced honeyeaters - very pretty. This is not my photo though. I downloaded from the net.