Just wondering if anyone has any ideas about what vegetables might grow in an extremely rainy tropical part of Costa Rica. It is so rainy that we often go many days with no sun. It is frequently overcast even when not raining. So far, I have harvested only plantains, planted by the previous resident. I have planted papayas, casava (yuca), cowpeas, Ceylon spinach, taro. But all (except taro and yuca) are straining to grow and am yet to see if any of them produce. I do occasionally eat the spinach, but it grows slowly and was surprised to find on the internet that the vines can grow quite large. Many other things I planted hardly even sprouted. Even sweet potatoes are taking a while to get going. I am very frustrated since I have put a lot of work into it, most recently creating two banana circles (with plantains). Lots of bananas and pineapples are grown in this area for export. But few people grow vegetables for home use since everybody prefers those from other zones (cabbage, onions, carrots, cauliflower, red beans, tomatoes, etc). Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
Here is a link that may offer some tips and vegetables to try.
I live in central Illinois and have a papaya tree that was started from seeds that is in a pot and is about 4 ft tall. The tips of the leaves have just started turning brown. Any help with this problem and suggestions on how to help it survive the move indoors for the winter. Thank you.
This is typically a sign that there is a problem with the watering. This article will help you:
Retired now in Savannah, but lived in Hawaii all my life. Dried my papaya seeds and then planted them into small startup cups. When they were some 8 inches high, planted them along ide our cottage some 4 ft out. But now noticed something I have never seen before. Each plant is 5 ft apart but I now find small papaya coming up all around the 4 large plantings. Where did they come from? Stafford-Ames Morse 1 Savannah Sq, Savannah, Ga
You may not have had germination of every seed you planted at first, and the seeds that were 'hiding' may now have germinated after moving outdoors.
Our tree is 4 to 4 1/2 feet tall. It blooms with flowers that turn into more leaves. No fruit yet.
Only the female or bisexual tree will produce fruit. There is no way to tell until the plant produces.
We have a papaya tree that is probably 15 ft tall and blew over during the last hurricane. We've picked all the fruit and are going to cut the top 6ft off and right the tree. Will it continue to have fruit? There are several branches lower down on the truck that are doing well.
Yes, your tree has a good chance to recover and produce fruit again, especially since it has some remaining branches. Just make sure it doesn't get too heavy and/or lopsided while it is re-establishing itself in an upright position.
Article says fertilize often....my question is with what type of fertilizer?
Please read the last paragraph in this article to determine the correct amount of fertilizer to use for the size tree you have.
We planted a papaya tree 2 weeks ago. The leaves are droopy. The bottom ones are yellow. When they fall off, more turn yellow and fall off. I'm afraid it has too much water or not enough. Ester
Your papaya tree probably has transplant shock, which is very common in recently transplanted trees:
It will most likely recover with time. A sign of a plant that doesn't have enough water is that the leaves will droop, but then perk up shortly after you water it. If a plant has too much water, the leaves will also droop but won't perk up after watering.