Tropical Fruit Forum - International Tropical Fruit Growers



Author Topic: Help determining papaya flowers  (Read 1130 times)

Samu

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 689
    • North Tustin, So. California, Zone 10A
    • View Profile
Help determining papaya flowers
« on: April 19, 2017, 12:51:32 AM »
I have a young papaya tree, standing only at about 5 ft tall, among 3 others that I planted in one hole, and only one of the four has some flowers on it.

Please advise what kind of flower (sex) do I have, I read somewhere that papaya tree can have male, female, both or hermaphroditic... :o
Can you tell which one do I have?
Is that baby-like fruit in the middle going to be the real fruit later on?



This is my first experience growing papayas from seeds that would grow this far for me, so any help is appreciated! Thanks!
Sam

shaneatwell

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1067
    • California, San Diego, sunset 23 and 18
    • View Profile
Re: Help determining papaya flowers
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2017, 12:56:31 AM »
That looks like a female fruit already growing. On the next flowers look for the stamens right as it opens.
Shane

shinzo

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 338
  • High Density Urban Cultivator
    • Tunis (Tunisia) - 10 b
    • View Profile
Re: Help determining papaya flowers
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2017, 05:25:10 AM »
Looks like female.

mike rule

  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 141
    • karrabin qld australia
    • View Profile
Re: Help determining papaya flowers
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2017, 06:39:48 PM »
Ditto... Looks female to me...Mike

Samu

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 689
    • North Tustin, So. California, Zone 10A
    • View Profile
Re: Help determining papaya flowers
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2017, 09:29:47 PM »
Ok great, female flower. So, where is the male flower?
How did the pollination happen?
(The other 3 trees has not flowered yet).
Is this tree hermaphroditic then?

Sorry guys, these rookie questions...😊
Sam

RodneyS

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 586
  • Cerritos, CA (Zone 11a)
    • View Profile
Re: Help determining papaya flowers
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2017, 10:00:54 PM »
https://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/oc/freepubs/pdf/F_N-5.pdf
Pics of the different flowers for each gender.

Female flower, for sure.  Female trees make fruits, just not viable seeds.  I have a female Sunrise papaya tree at home

Samu

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 689
    • North Tustin, So. California, Zone 10A
    • View Profile
Re: Help determining papaya flowers
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2017, 02:06:16 AM »
Thanks to all of you for giving me a good education on this subject.
Happy growing!
Sam

 

Copyright © Tropical Fruit Forum - International Tropical Fruit Growers