January 12, 2011
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I easily grow baby papaya trees from seed, whether in my clay soil outside or in my greenhouse (best if transplanted from outside). I grow the trees larger in my greenhouse but am afraid to plant them in the yard because of our weather, which is usually dry in the summer and our temperatures here vary from about 18-100 degrees F. throughout the year. Those who grow papayas here (I only know of a few Vietnamese ladies) get fruit but then the trees die in winter. By the way, is there any other waay to grow them, such as by propagation through leaf cuttings? Thanks.
Male papaya plants are unproductive in that they don't produce fruit but productive in the sense that they pollinate the female papaya plants. I know in large scale operations, papaya farmers try to maintain a 1:25 ratio of male:female. Given that piece of information, you probably only need one male in your group.
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Papaya tree from Lowes, approximately 6 ft tall, recently planted in full sun. We have had lots of rain past 2 weeks. We live in eastern NC.
Yellowing leaves most likely indicate some stress in being moved and planting.
To much water can certainly be the cause also for yellowing leaves.
Daily water for the first 2 weeks and proper care is listed in the link below.