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My first ever Maridol Papaya flower budding..


By Stan510

My first ever Maridol Papaya flower budding..

This is far ahead of all my other attempts...three summers in the making. Its on a 30" plant. Will it set? Will I get ripe or even fully formed fruit?
A mysterious mystery...

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If it has one flower bud more are sure to form. It's a good time of the year to bloom. This means by late summer you should have fruit (if it's a bi-sexual flower). Papayas are very strange plants. They can have only female or males flowers...or they can have male, female and bi-sexual flowers. A female tree can become male or vice-versa. This is why I just let my papayas grow. Because even male plants can produce fruit. Years ago, I had a male papaya plant which turned female and produced huge, delicious fruit. Mother Nature is wonderful!

4 Apr, 2016


Here's some pics of male papaya plant producing fruit.

Most of these papaya pics are mine. There's several pages.

4 Apr, 2016


Andy,what do you make of the red petioles?
I can't imagine this small plant having even remotely ripe fruit. with the marble sized Mango fruit taught me last year- once the tree can fruit,their fruits size might be smaller but just as tasty.
Thats a big if.

4 Apr, 2016


The red petioles are not uncommon. lol! My Maradol papaya has red petioles.

You'd be surprised...small papayas produce large fruit all the time (look on the internet). I see several dozen small and large papayas trees on my drive to work. One person has plastic covering the papayas so the birds don't eat them, I guessing. I used to have problems with birds eating my papayas, now they don't bother my papayas.

If a papaya ripens on the plant it will almost 99 percent of the time be very sweet and taste so, so good!

5 Apr, 2016

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