Woohoo! My papaya tree is flowering and producing fruits?

tydiggy0628July 14, 2014

Hi all,

Can I finally say, finally!? For the past two months, my papaya has grown so much! 2 1/2 months ago, it was about 3 ft tall and as of today, it has doubled its height to 6 ft and is producing flowers. can anyone tell me whether these are female/hermaphrodite flowers based on the attached pics? i know they are not males for sure, thank god!

anyways, i am really excited the fact that the tree is producing flowers/possible fruits. is that a fruit there? please advise. thanks

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rashumble7

Ha ha congrats tydiggy lucky you, mine are huge and has flowered several times but still no fruit yet.

Bless

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 7:03PM
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tydiggy0628

dont congratulate me yet as i dont know whether or not my tree will fruit. looks like the tree has female flowers. in which case, they need to be pollinated but there is no papaya trees around my neighborhood. can anyone confirm that these are female flowers and that the pic on the right is a start of a papaya fruit? thanks

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 8:29PM
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greenman62

They look like female flowers to me.
they could be Herm flowers

but, even with female flowers, its possible they can prioduce fruit.
it depends very much on the variety, and where yo got the seed from.
i cant really tell from the pic, but if there is any solid mass at the base of the flower, it is a fruit.
you may even need a few more days to be sure.

Papaya sex can be a funny thing.
if you get a male tree, and chop the top off
(or put a nail in the trunk) ,
most of the time it turns into a herm, or a female.

Most of mine are from a store bought fruit
caribbean red.
and most of what i get are herm flowers
i have grown at least a dozen (or 2) to full size
and have never even seen a male flower.
they all seem to produce fruit.
i am pretty sure there are no males in the area either.

i just got my first small buds of the year too.
this last winter killed most of my adult trees.
most of the time, they would just loose leaves and come back strong in the spring. this last winter was brutal on them.

these are my trees last summer, before the freeze...

good luck
its a really kewl plant. and very healthy.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 5:05PM
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tydiggy0628

Thanks greemman! You pic looks good. Too bad the freeze killed most of your trees. how many do you have left now?

Anyways, by the look of my flowers, they look like females. I got these seeds from the fruit(s) i bought from the store or from a neighbor you gave my family some fruits so i don't know which is which. I just saved the seeds and start germinating them. This one actually survived through last winter. Lets hope that it will start producing fruits. I hope it doesn't get too tall though!

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 6:50PM
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steiconi(12a-Big Island, HI)

I'm pretty sure even male trees have fruit. As I recall, you can tell gender by the shape of the fruit--round, torpedo, or teardrop shaped. Sorry, don't remember which is which.

If you're worried about the tree getting too tall, pinch the top growth to promote branching. Really, papayas will branch!

my best-producing papayas are growing out of my old compost heap. Of course!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 12:00AM
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