TR Hovey dwarf papaya plants

happy_fl_gardenerDecember 24, 2013

This year I branched out and grew two varieties of papaya that I haven't tried before. They are TR Hovey and Tainung papaya. By far, the most successful variety for me this year was the TR Hovey - a real winner!

I bought the very, very small papaya plants from Florida Hill Nursery last spring. The TR Hovey plants had their tops cut off. The plants were only about 4 inches tall. They sent out branches and I let only one grow. I purchased 5 in all. I kept 3 and I gave 2 away to a friend.

This picture is one of the two plants that I gave my friend. She chose to grow hers in a pot. This photo was taken 9-30-13. After this picture was taken, the plants had to be propped up because they were falling over from the weight of the fruit.

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happy_fl_gardener

This is a picture of my 3 TR Hovey plants growing in the east and north sides of my vegetable garden. This picture was taken 9-30-13 when the fruits were still quite small compared to what they are now.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2013 at 2:01PM
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happy_fl_gardener

This was the first of my plants that needed to be propped up.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2013 at 2:04PM
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thonotorose

I am very happy with my TR Hovey, too.

I don't have the production you have, but it is my most productive papaya yet. Also , mine did not fruit as low on the stem as your pics show.

I will continue with this variety in the future.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2013 at 2:10PM
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happy_fl_gardener

Tainung papaya, photo taken 9-30-13.

This variety was a disappointment because the fruit never got much larger that what you see in the picture. The two fruits that ripened were rotten inside so I haven't gotten to taste the fruit yet. The color inside the fruit is an especially dark orange. Hopefully I'll get to taste a fruit before a freeze gets them.

The two papaya plants behind this one are Red Ladys.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2013 at 2:11PM
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happy_fl_gardener

TR Hovey fruit - This is what the inside of a TR Hovey fruit looks like. It has a tasty mild flavor. This fruit weighed in at almost 7 lbs!

    Bookmark   December 24, 2013 at 2:15PM
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happy_fl_gardener

Disaster strikes!!!

I procrastinated when I saw that this plant started leaning. Unlike the other two, it grew straight for so long. I asked my husband to put some supports on it but by the time he was able to get to the garden the plant had snapped from the weight of the fruit. Notice how large the fruits have grown. This photo was taken yesterday.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2013 at 2:21PM
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happy_fl_gardener

Not only did the fallen TR Hovey plant destroy itself, but it fell on top my "unknown" dwarf" plant. It's one that I saved from last year. It has 2 horizontal branches that have been producing well. (Photo was taken 9-30-13).

Well, this is my success and failure story. Actually, I am grateful that we didn't get an early freeze or all of this would be gone.

Anyone else growing TR Hovey?

Christine

    Bookmark   December 24, 2013 at 2:29PM
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thonotorose

Someone on this list a few years back said to put a cap of foil over an open papaya stem to keep water out. It would heal and sprout new fruiting branches in the spring.

I have a Something Sun that froze at the very top. I followed those instructions and it did heal and re-sprout.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2013 at 7:26PM
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whgille(FL 9b)

Hi Christine

Congrats on your papayas! you are having a bountiful harvest and we are lucky that the weather is being so nice.

Silvia

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 7:33PM
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saldut

Thanks for posting pics of the Hovey, can you tell us if it is sweet? Years ago I had some open-pollinated papaya, the ladies in a circle w/the gentleman in the middle, and that fruit was SWEET-SWEET.... everything froze then and they were gone... does anybody know where to obtain seed for that cultivar? I haven't found any that were nearly as sweet and I sure miss them... thanks, sally

    Bookmark   December 29, 2013 at 2:08PM
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wallisadi

Beautiful plants Christine, wind took out a bunch of my stuff this fall. Loving this weather!

    Bookmark   December 29, 2013 at 5:28PM
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happy_fl_gardener

thornrose - I looked down the trunk and it is hollow all the way to the bottom. What I need to do soon is cut the trunk down to where there is a horizontal plate. That way water won't get inside and rot the roots. If I don't find a plate high enough I will take your suggestion and cover up the opening with foil. I also have some papaya plants that froze down to the ground and resprouted. I haven't heard of Something Sun. I'll have to check that out.

Silvia - It's so nice that we haven't had a freeze yet because Mother Nature gave me some extra time to get the greenhouse ready for winter. I spruced up the pea stone and paver floor while Bobby power washed the outside and got the leaves out of the gutters. I'm ready to load it up now!

Sally - It's too bad that you didn't know the variety name of your papaya plants. Finding varieties of papaya that are that sweet aren't easy to find. The fruits of the Hovey are mildly sweet. Pleasant but not overly sweet. I suspect if my papaya fruits ripened in zone 10, I bet they would be much sweeter since they would be ripening at the fruit's preferred warmer temperatures. I hope that you get lucky again and find that great tasting papaya variety.

Christine

    Bookmark   December 29, 2013 at 5:37PM
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thonotorose

Christine,

It is Solo Sun. I just couldn't bring it to mind the other day.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2013 at 6:41PM
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jackie_32008

I have a papaya that I planted from the seed from the gro. store. They are about 12 ft high and one has only one papaya on it but it is so big the others have from 3 to 7 on them and about the size that I have seen in the stores. But they are not getting ripe. How long does it take before they do ripen? Hope I have them protected enough for them not to get killed. I am of the Suwannee River in Lafayette County Fl.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2013 at 6:46PM
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SandyTroy(9B)

Are those of you who are growing TR Hovey dwarf papaya and other papayas happy with the flavor and texture of the TR Hovey? Would you recommend better tasting papayas? I am growing one TR Hovey, it is about 5 ft high, with about 8 fruit. I would like to grow one or two more papayas and would appreciate recommendations on the best tasting papaya you have grown ? thanks Sandy (I am in southwest Florida, Fort Myers, 9B)

    Bookmark   December 22, 2014 at 4:49PM
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happy_fl_gardener

Hi Sandy - Another very popular, good tasting papaya is 'Red Lady'. ECHO is Ft Meyers sells the seeds. It is also a dwarf, self fertile variety.

Christine

    Bookmark   December 22, 2014 at 7:25PM
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Sueanne75(9b)

I have the Red Lady. Bought it at Lowes in June by Sept was loaded with fruit. So far it has been growing pretty straight and the holes have been healing themselves. I don't take the whole branch off, let it dry by itself. Think it helps keep the water out. Notice it is starting to grow where the papayas were removed. I have been eating them green cooked and raw grated in a salad. Been ripening them in a brown bag with an apple. Takes a little time but I have plenty extra to use. This tree is the talk of the community.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2014 at 12:33AM
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happy_fl_gardener

Nice job Sueanne!

    Bookmark   December 24, 2014 at 2:55PM
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gardenfreak(7a)

To all you nice people with your wonderful papaya plants. I have one wish that Santa could not help me with.
Some seeds of TR Hovey and Red Lady papaya.
So if you want to be my secret Santa I would very much appreciate it. Would love to try to grow some in containers because I like a good ripe papaya and I sure miss that where I live up here. Zone 7a, PA.
Thank you very much.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2014 at 2:27PM
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gardenfreak(7a)

Still waiting to hear from anyone out there that has Tr Hovey and or Red Lady seeds available. Willing to pay. Let me know.
Looking for some seeds soon so I can start them indoors so they are ready to go when it warms up here in the spring.
Thanks.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2015 at 11:33AM
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gardenfreak(7a)

Still waiting to hear from anyone out there that has Tr Hovey and or Red Lady seeds available. Willing to pay. Let me know.
Looking for some seeds soon so I can start them indoors so they are ready to go when it warms up here in the spring.
Thanks.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2015 at 11:37AM
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gardenfreak(7a)

Happy gardner.
I searched on Ebay (a bit sceptical to by seeds there) and I saw the same picture of the papaya in a pot from a canadian seller
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fast-growing-Self-pollinating-Dwarf-Papaya-Tree-TR-Hovey-Carica-papaya-SEEDS-/151516868886?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&hash=item23471bf116.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2015 at 11:43AM
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sultry_jasmine_nights (Florida 9a)

I have been ordering papaya seeds from Aloha Seed for years. I get very good germination on their seed and they send them in sealed foil envelopes to ensure freshness. They have quite a few varieties including the Red Lady.
~SJN

Here is a link that might be useful: papaya seeds

    Bookmark   January 2, 2015 at 12:09PM
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maggie123(z9 FL and z5PA)

gardenfreak, do you still want TR Hovey papaya seeds? I can help you out and will be happy to send some to you, but will need to know how to get in touch with you. Just let me know.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2015 at 9:44PM
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