Leaving small papaya fruits during winter?
Please, I need an advice. I have a 1-meter (4 feet) tall papaya planted in my garden. Its doing great and starts to produce small flowers. By the way its about 4 months old. However, where I live, it will stop growing in lets say two months tops. So I'm pretty sure it will have few small fruits by the time I cover it and protect it for winter break. Should I remove small fruits, to retain the plant as strong as possible and hope for real fruits next summer, or leave them be? I would say the chances for the plant to survive here are 60 to 40. We have 30 degrees for couple of mornings almost every winter.