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Babaco question

Posted by karyn1 MD 7 ( on
Sat, Jul 17, 10 at 7:55

This is the first year I'm trying babacos. I noticed that one of mine has flowers. If they hold how long does it take for the fruit to mature? Is it similar to other papayas? I'm surprised that they are growing so well because we had an unbelievably hot spring and summer with temps averaging in the mid to upper 90's for the past month or two. Most papayas do well here (in the greenhouse during the cold months) but babacos aren't supposed to like high heat. At least that's what I've read.

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RE: Babaco question

I have some old Babaco's that bore well..but they got overgrown after nearly 10 years by I moved them last summer. We had freakish cold two nights in December-before they were dormant and they were killed from 10' to 3'.
Now, back when they were in sun and bore papaya's the problem I had was the fruit took a long time to develop,they were large fruits, and right about the time they should have been ripe by my guess-January,we are well into our cold rainy season. Every year I would lose some to rot,or a blustery storm easily snapped stems with fruit. In a very mild winter I would get fruit that were blaw in flavor-but the tree's look great!

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