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Old 10-27-2020, 08:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I’ve recently gotten interested in growing papayas and have sprouted 3 little seedling. I’ve bought several papayas from the grocery store but have not saved any of those seeds to plant due to various reasons; one was tasteless, one smelled like dirty socks and had a bad taste, no seeds in one and I was afraid one was gmo. I have ordered from people on eBay or Etsy that said that their seeds were from their own plants and were sweet. I live about 25 miles southwest of Austin Texas, I ordered seeds from a man in San Antonio which is about 70 miles south of me. His papaya variety was developed in San Antonio as a hybrid and non gmo. Anybody have any words of wisdom growing papayas. I have been doing a lot of research on the internet which how I found out about the San Antonio variety. A cold spell hit yesterday so I moved my small banana plants and papaya seedlings into my tiny greenhouse.

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Old 10-27-2020, 07:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I just grow the ones the birds leave in the yard. Been lucky so far regarding flavor. I want to try the 'Red Lady' papaya, but haven't got around to ordering seeds yet. I don't know what the odds are of the papaya seed growing a type similar to the one the seed came from.

Years back, I recall a post from a member that I haven't seen for a long while. The plant was supposed to be a sub-tropical type of papaya, slow growing, and with fruit about the size of a basketball. No mention of the flavor, though.

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I too just stated growing my own papayas. I decided that before I invested money into seeds of a particular variety, I first went to store bought papayas and planted seeds of the one I liked. Seeds germinated and now I am waiting for the fruit to ripen. I so have being doing some research while playing with what I have growing.
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I have ordered Red Lady seeds and have them soaking. Also Dwarf Solo soaking. I have read that papayas you grow yourself taste better than store bought and I know that what I grow in my garden taste so much better than store bought especially cantaloupe. Hopefully I will have seeds to share a year from now. I have also ordered two other varieties of papaya seeds but havenít received them yet.
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Never heard of a dwarf Solo papaya. I have heard of a low-bearing 'Waimanalo X-77' being called a dwarf, but in reality they were not dwarf plants, they just began bearing fruit while only a few feet tall. Mine ended up being about 12' high at the time I chopped it.
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