Growing Papaya from seeds?

mmmsmommyJuly 26, 2011

I just had the sweetest papaya yesterday! I wonder if I can plant the seeds.

Do you know if papaya is true to seed?

Also, I heard that papaya needs cross-pollination.. Does that mean I have to plant two different varieties, or two different plants from the same variety would work??


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Papayas aren't true to seed, but they're close.

Papayas have male, female & hermaphrodite trees. Some, like Hawaiian solo papayas, are 66% hermaphrodite/33% female with an occasional male. Unpollinated females will grow a small fruit but abort it before it sizes up.

Maradol papayas have a greater percentage of males, so 3 trees are usually grouped together.

Here's my Waimanalo papayas

    Bookmark   July 26, 2011 at 3:45PM
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I've grown quite a few Papaya from seeds of fruit I bought. The name varies from growers but I'm really not sure if they are what they say they are. I have bought Caribbean red, "Solo", RED lady, and they all appear to be the same visually and taste :-)

From seed, I find ~ 20% males from all varieties which I pull out of the ground and re-plant with another seedling as soon as I do.

All my trees, female and hermaphrodite fruit without bees as I have none (never saw one anyway). I have had no to little luck with Carambola and passionfruit setting fruit due (I think) to this. I started hand pollinating the passionfruit and Voila tons of fruit.

So I think wind and rain seem to be enough to get lots of fruit with Papaya.

At any rate, "true to seed" should be an axiom as you don't graft them?

I can say that the taste seems to be a matter of care if a decent parent was selected. I've had terrible tasting ones from yards where the tree is left to its own, and good tasting ones that were cared for.


    Bookmark   July 30, 2011 at 6:58PM
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