VENTONS TROPICAL BLOOMS
Growing nutritious, delicious tropical fruit and beautiful tropical flowers is more than a business, it’s our lifestyle choice. Food is one gateway to achieving good health and wellbeing. By aligning what you eat with the seasons you are supporting local farmers, retaining the most vitamins and nutrients possible from the food and minimising the time between harvest and consumption.
Whether it’s long-lasting fresh flowers for your vase and special occasions, or exotic flavours to tantalise your tastebuds – Jim, Lyn and Chris from Ventons Tropical Blooms supply direct from the farm to local customers.
Freshcare accredited and members of Land for Wildlife, Sarina Landcare, Growcom and the Australian Banana Growers Council, you can be satisfied quality is guaranteed!
tropical flowers & fruit direct from the farm
Lyn & Jim Palmer & Chris Pitts
What began as an interest in flowering tropical plants, quickly became an obsession that took over our suburban block.
When you love what you do and people will pay you to do what you love, you’re in business. In 2008, we bought a 15 acre property south of Mackay, bordered by a majestic creek attracting an abundance of wildlife, to accommodate our love of tropical plants.
With a comprehensive range of Heliconias, Gingers and tropical foliage to beautify your home or gift on special occasions, our tropical plants have expanded to a range of tasty fruits. In 2015 we originally purchased 300 tissue cultured banana trees that now total approximately 3000 and several varieties like Cavendish, Ducasse, Dwarf Ducasse, Lady Fingers and Dwarf Red Daccas. Paw paws, papayas, passionfruit, black sapotes, carambolas, star apples, mangoes, lychees, limes and lemons are also seasonally available.
We supply bananas to local IGA stores, you’ll also find us at the Greater Whitsunday Farmers Market most Wednesdays, and we are permanent stall holders at the Mackay Outdoor Showground Markets each Saturday.
Dwarf Red Dacca
In 2017, two years after we decided to expand our tropical plant range to include bananas, a survey of Australian households revealed that nine out of ten (94%) consumed bananas.
Aiming for a standard of excellence – we continue to apply newly acquired knowledge in soil health, ensuring optimum nutrition for our plants and people. Conforming to Biosecurity regulations, our banana plants are derived from tissue cultures free from pests, disease, nematodes and viruses. Our crops are rotated, and legumes are planted during the fallow period to replace key nutrients naturally.
Diversifying varieties, we offer Cavendish, Ducasse, Dwarf Ducasse, Lady Finger and Dwarf Red Dacca.
we grow a wide variety of TROPICAL FRUIT
Our range of bananas have proven very popular and we responded to customers requests for other seasonal fruits like passionfruit, paw paw, papaya, black sapotes, carambolas, star apples, mangoes, lychees, limes and lemons which are all seasonally available.
Sold directly from our farm through our market stalls and local IGA’s you can be assured of the highest standards and freshness. Our produce is available at The Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market each Wednesday from 7am to 11am at the Blue Water Quay, Mackay and the Mackay Showground Produce Market each Saturday from 6.30am to 9.30am.
COMMERCIAL HELICONIA & GINGER GROWER
HELICONIAS & GINGERS
Heliconia is a beautiful flower with multi colour bracts and varied flower structure. They are native to the tropical Americas and the Pacific Ocean islands west to Indonesia. Heliconias are related to the banana family. They are known for their long vase life and some varieties can last up to 2 weeks when correctly cared for.
Tropical flowers are very thirsty so ensure the cut flowers have plenty of water. Misting also helps to retain the high humidity. They do not like direct heat and place them away from air conditioning units. As they are a tropical flower so they don’t produce in the winter months in the Mackay area. Our season is normally from October to late autumn.
Iconic tropical and subtropical plants that have spectacular, brightly coloured flowers. They are from the plant order zingiberales and are the more glamorous relatives of edible ginger, bananas and turmeric.
Ornamental ginger is an amazingly versatile flower and comes in a wide range of shapes, sizes and colours. Our selection includes torch gingers, red with several varieties of pink which flower for most of the year. We also grow a range of beehive gingers which flower from October through to February.
Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market
EVERY WEDNESDAY 7-11AM
Mackay Showgrounds Markets
SATURDAY FROM 6:30AM