Thursday, July 3, 2008

Yes, They Are Papaya Seedlings Alright!

Initially after my excitement of seeing my papaya sprouts in the pot is over, I began to doubt. Are they really papaya sprouts, as they could be any weeds sprouts, the one that always appear in my other flower pots.

Then, after a couple more days, I took a peek again. There are more of them, and those sprouting earlier seems to grow stronger! Yep, papayas, alright! In my recycled flower pot.

After a few more readings on the next step, I discovered another school of thought, that you shouldn't grow them in pots or nursery bags, but the location where you want them grow. Oh well, too late for that. I'll make do with this current arrangement.

I just need to transfer them to the location. At first my intention is just to replant one or two plants only and hopefully they are male and female, but not according to that source. I need to plant several, and in my case, maybe all. Then once they grew and you can identify the male/female from their flowers, then you can remove the unwanted ones. The flowers of the male and female plants below.

The Female Plant. The flowers are in singles in a stem.

The male plant. There a several smaller flowers a stem.

You need both male and female plant for the papaya to fruit. Otherwise they will just bear flowers and will not fruit. You need only one male plant to fruit ten female plants.

Ok, my next project, I decided is pinapples!


U.Lee said...

Hi YDiana, I like that, 'needs one male for ten females', ha ha. Never knew that...all I know is to eat and if sweet, push the seeds in the ground, look up at the sky hope for a good tree to appear.
Now I know why a few n fruts! Cheh! No male ones around, ha ha.
Have a nice day, Ydiana, Lee.

Ydiana said...

Hi Lee

You are so funny! Trust you to notice that 'statement'; 1 male to 10 females! Now, Lee, don't get any ideas and equate humans to trees or even animals, k, especially the lions and the chickens.

Well, we are learning something everyday, don't we? That's the beauty of life. Otherwise, its time to go..hahaha. Just joking!

Have a great weekened, Lee.

U.Lee said...

Hi YDiana, just popped over to remind you to water your papayas...ha ha, Lee.

Ydiana said...

Thanks for the reminder, Lee.

I won't forget, but lately its been raining everyday, so I don't need to water them. hehehe... ;)

cakapaje said...

Salam ydiana,

MasyAllah! ydiana The Green Fingers! Bravo! Keep it, going. Anyway, before you start on the pineapples, try to discover ways to eat the papaya, you would be surprised.

Ydiana said...

Hi Shah

Wa'alaikumsalam. Fancy of you to come here. Yeah, I'm into gardening so much now I keep thinking what's next. But as of now, more thinking than doing. Slow and easy.

And the papaya, do you mean by eating it ripe and raw? Kerabu or soup maybe?

cakapaje said...


Try eating a slice of papaya with a twist of lime.

Also, the leaves of the papaya should be eaten raw, or with a slight toast - its good for certain ailments, including fighting dengue fever, insyAllah.

Ydiana said...

That should be good, I mean, taking papaya with some lime. I've been advised by a good friend that most of us take too much acidic food including rice.

So taking alkaline rich food such as papaya, lime, and even pineapples are good to balance our diet.

I'm suprised to find out that acidic fruits like lime and pineapples are actually alkaline.

srobinson said...

I have only female papaya plants and they are fruiting very well. What does this say about women needing men? There is also a hermaphrodite papaya which will also bear fruit without a male plant. Perhaps if you are growing for production you will need an occasional male plant for pollination; but, for backyard gardening there is no need. Aloha.

Ydiana said...

Hi Srobinson

My apology for this late reply, as I didn't realise it in older posts.

Yeah, there are a type of species that is a male/female plant. It could be naturally that way, or I just learned that there is a company here that actually specialises in this species so you don't need any particular gender plant to bear the fruits. Maybe its the one you mentioned, hermaphrodite? :)