Why are small papaya fruit falling off tree before developing ?
This biggest issue for Papaya Trees is enough sunshine and warm temperatures.
Fruit drop is common and despite all your efforts, it still may occur.
Fruit may drop due to lack of pollination.
Fluctuations in watering. The tree does not tolerate changes in water very well at all.
Soil should be kept moist in hot weather and drier in cool weather. Too much water in the winter months can lead to root rot.
Fruit Fly easily infect the Papaya Fruit. Covering Fruit with a paper bag will help safe guard it.
Damp weather can cause Phytophthora Blight, which can cause fruit drop, with the entire tree declining quickly. Spraying with a copper fungicide when fruit sets can help.
I have 4 or 5 mature trees and they never flower or get fruit. What are we doing wrong?
Do you know if you have male, female or bisexual plants?
Here are some links that will help you pinpoint the issue.
Do papaya trees like acidic soil?
Plants will do well with care in sands, loams, and rocky soils with a pH of 4.5 to 8.0.
I grew a papaya tree from seed about 3 years back that has been healthy and is living indoors, then over a month ago I moved it to a larger pot with fresh soil. About 2 weeks ago I noticed a 2-inch spot on the stem that had browned and sunk in a bit. Now it has spread and it appears that the trunk is constricted, and almost all leaves have fallen off. Any ideas on what could be causing this?
The new container was likely to large and has caused root rot in your tree.
Given the condition in the image, it is not likely to survive.
When repotting only go up 1 pot size. Use a commercial potting soil and make sure it drains properly.
I have two papayas trees,how do I know their sex, male or femail? They have no flowers and we are at the end of july with a temperature of about 20 to 30ºC They look healthy and they are growing small leaves next to the normal leaves,should I cut the small leaves? I'm a ferfect ignorant on papayas , can you help me? Thanks alot,
You need the fowers to determine if your tree is a male, female or Hermaphrodite variety.
These links have more information for you.
I live on the north side of Tampa Bay, Florida, close to the main campus of USF. I have no problem growing papaya trees and have them planted with my pineapples and adjacent to bananas. The trees have constantly produced fruit. My problem is I can't tell when they're ripe for human consumption. Just about the time I think they're getting close either the squirrels get them or the get so ripe they drop to the ground. They never seem to change color, rather they stay the same shade of green. Any suggestions or hints?
Generally, when you start to see color spreading across about 1/3 of the fruit, then it is time to pluck it. Here is an article that will tell you just about everything you will need to know about Papaya. It is also well laid out: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg054
Can I use a citrus fertilizer from this plant? I just purchased this plant yesterday. It's about four feet tall. Also, how can I find out the zpne I'm in? I clicked onto the blue information line in the Papaya section but it went straight to Olives! Also, should I replant the tree (it's in a pot) with dark, rich soil?
It looks like you are in gardening zone 9b. Here is the map of Florida:
If possible, replanting in the ground is ideal for the tree's growth. Citrus fertilizer is ok to use but not ideal, because it is heavier on nitrogen. A balanced fertilizer (equal parts N,P, and K listed on the label) or compost is better for papaya. Don't fertilize directly in the planting hole, since this can burn the roots. Wait for several weeks after planting to fertilize (or you can add compost earlier, which is safer).
This article will help you with plant care and choosing a site to plant: