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Growing Papaya on a screened in porch
« on: September 17, 2020, 06:49:38 PM »
I have this Papaya tree (Pictures attached) that just grew in my compost pile. I've literally never done anything to encourage it. I've read that they can be grown in pots and even indoors, so I imagine they will stop growing at some point much shy of those grown outdoors, but I am not sure if that will be BEFORE IT GROWS THROUGH ME SCREEN on my porch.

It is already mature I imagine, because it is already setting fruit. I found this out just now because I was about to transplant it outside now that it is raining, (I read that transplanting in the rain was the safest bet to keep it from dying). At any rate... I don't want to loose the fruit, but I don't want to compromise my screen either.

Can anyone tell me if these trees can "sense" their environment and stop growning when it senses resistence or will it just keep growing?

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Re: Growing Papaya on a screened in porch
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2020, 09:05:49 PM »
My guess is it will keep growing. Most things do, in my experience.

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Re: Growing Papaya on a screened in porch
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2020, 09:46:02 PM »
Papaya will keep on growing...If you want it to stop without transplanting it, you can cut the top off to encourage branching although I wouldn't recommend it. Papaya grows fast from seed-can fruit in about 1 year with the right conditions.
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Re: Growing Papaya on a screened in porch
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2020, 01:48:32 PM »
Thank you both for your input. For now, I guess I will see if I can't just keep removing the leaves that are touching the screen until I harvest the fruit and then move it with the hopes of preserving the plant.

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Re: Growing Papaya on a screened in porch
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2020, 01:51:07 PM »
...and Triloba Tracker, I've always loved Psalm 104:14.

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Re: Growing Papaya on a screened in porch
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2020, 02:26:42 PM »
Oh cool! Yeah i found it for the first time a year or 2 ago and just thought it was perfect for plant lovers!

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Re: Growing Papaya on a screened in porch
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2020, 11:15:40 PM »
It will keep growing. I have one that is 1.5 years old and itís easily about 18í high, loaded with fruit. Also planted from a rogue seed. I recommend moving it while itís still small enough.

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Re: Growing Papaya on a screened in porch
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2020, 06:45:58 PM »
Sorry. To start with Papaya ( Carica papaya ) is a tropical plant and it should be in the Tropical section of this Forum.
'Paw Paw'(Acimina triloba) is a temperate plant and is not Papaya. PERIOD.

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Re: Growing Papaya on a screened in porch
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2020, 11:05:52 PM »
It will die if you transplant now.  It is too big to transplant because papaya's roots are small fibrous. 
Best solution is to cut 2/3 of the plant off to encourage new shoots.  Then just only keep 1 new shoot grown from a bunch.  New shoot will flower for you right away.

This papayatree looks like Hawaii papaya.  My Hawaii lower trunks  has black ripples(streaks) like yours.
It's hermaphrodite.
« Last Edit: October 08, 2020, 11:12:28 PM by Lovetoplant »

 

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