Red Lady Papaya Flowers
I can't go out and check my plant cuz it's raining too hard...
Bought this RL Papaya plant at Lowes for $7.99 (the 20+ plants they had for sale were all in Walmart planters with pictures of blackberries on them) and the tag (also a Walmart tag) said that no cross-pollinator is needed. So we bought only the one.
I've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of flowers to see if the plant is the hermaphrodite the label promised (because one can 100% rely on the big box stores' care labels, right?)
Yesterday, my DH arrived from his daily round of checking the garden and announced that the papaya has grown so much since we got it and that the stem is THIS THICK! Off I wandered for my morning tour, and found flower buds!!!! Woo hoo! Typical man, more concerned with girth than performance :-)
So, wadda y'all think? Is the the hermaphroditic plant I was promised? Or a female?
And, if it is a female, are the neighbours' papayas 5-6 houses down close enough for pollination?