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Old 09-26-2011, 01:21 PM   #41 (permalink)
 
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Thanks for sharing the updated photos! So neat watching the progress. Which picture is the red lady? I noticed some fruits are very roundish, while others are oblong. One must be the store-bought and the other the red lady. Also, mind measuring the height and girth of the red lady?

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Hey Luke! They are both Red Lady papayas. One is a female (rounded fruit) and the other either a hermaphrodite or male.

The largest round one is 8" high and 21" in girth and of the long ones, the largest is 11" tall and 16" girth. In other words, they are huge! I wish they would hurry up and ripen before they become two trees full of basketballs and footballs! I can't imagine what I'm going to do with all these once they do decide to get ripe! Thanks for your interest.
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thanks for the info! whoops, i actually meant the height and girth of the tree :-)
but those fruits are getting big! someday, i want to actually eat a home grown, tree ripened papaya :-)

Can't wait for future updates, like when the first fruit starts to turn yellow!

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lol...whoops is right...well, let me see if I can get this for you...brb....ok, tree is 9-1/2 feet tall and girth is 13.5" on the largest of the two. These two trees were planted in the same pot so I planted them the same way in the ground so they are super strong together.
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If you have any type of sprayer try this on some of the plants that the deer bother. 1 gallon of water, 1 teaspoon of dishwashing soap, 1/4 cup of syrup (molasses is better) and neem oil. This will deter the deer and keep some bugs away also. Good luck
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I noticed a comment in this thread about kids not liking to eat papaya. I think this is true of a lot of people, not just kids. But you can change a lot of minds if you squeeze lime juice on the papaya. I suspect a lot of you already know that trick, but it always amazes me how such a simple addition can change the minds of the papaya haters. The lime juice seems to take away that "funky" smell that some folks dislike. I loved 'em with lime juice as a kid, and still do.

Mary, how tall are the red lady plants now?
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9-1/2 feet tall and 13-1/2 inches at the base of one of the trees. They are huge!
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I noticed a comment in this thread about kids not liking to eat papaya. I think this is true of a lot of people, not just kids. But you can change a lot of minds if you squeeze lime juice on the papaya. I suspect a lot of you already know that trick, but it always amazes me how such a simple addition can change the minds of the papaya haters. The lime juice seems to take away that "funky" smell that some folks dislike. I loved 'em with lime juice as a kid, and still do.

Mary, how tall are the red lady plants now?
I've never heard of that trick before. If my bears lime would start producing more than one lime every 6 months, i'd go and try that! haha

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I am super pleased to report my Red Lady papayas are finally tree ripening and they are the most delicious, sweet papayas I've ever eaten! Wow...just can't believe the flavor and sweetness in a tree ripened fruit like this.

Here are some updated pics for your viewing pleasure.





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I'm not a huge fan of papaya but that sure looks good!
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Congrats!!! Those look amazing. My mouth just watered.

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trees look good and fast growing.

however I see no red lady papaya trees in this thread. Red lady papaya should have red petioles (the long stems /branches). It also is a self polinating variety and the fruit is long and slender with redish/salmon colored fruit on the inside.

that rounder acorn type papaya is a mexican type that is larger grower and it is either male or female. more robust grower. orang fruit that has more papain smell and not as sweet as the red lady papaya. it also has green petioles and nno colorful markings. I have one of these type i call 'mystery mexican acorn' and is 1.5yr old plant with hundreds of pounds of fruit in FT Myers, FL.
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heres a comparison photo I took last week: the Red lady papaya is on the left. the mystery mexican acorn type on the right.

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It is the difference between a male or bisexual and female plant. The female is the rounder fruit and the male the elongated fruit. Here is one I just harvested a few minutes ago. Both trees were growing together in the same pot when I bought them so I left them as they were and planted them together. They are very stong and healthy!



And, they ARE Red Lady Papayas

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FRITO, you should know your facts before preaching what you regard as the gospel. This quote is directly from the Dept. of Agriculture Burough of Plant Industry (Phillipines) website: "Red Lady Papaya (F1 Hybrid) - Early, vigorous productive and tolerant to papaya ring spot virus. Plants begin to bear fruits at 80cm. height and normally have over 30 fruits per plant in each fruit setting season. Fruits are short- oblong on female plants and rather long shaped on bisexual plants, weighing about 1.5 – 2 kg.

Known – You No.1 - Tolerant to papaya ring spot virus. Plants are thick, sturdy early and heavy yielding. Yellow – fleshed fruit is large, weighing about 1.6 – 3 kg.

Tainung No. 1 - Plants are vigorous and prolific. Fruits weigh about 1.1 kg with red flesh and good aroma.

Tainung No. 2 - Fruits with pointed blossom end weigh about 1.1 kg. Flesh is orange red, tender with good taste and quality. Suitable for local market.

Tainung No. 3 - Plants are dwarf but with good growth. Fruits are larger than Tainung No. 1 and weigh about 1.3 kg. Flesh is yellow –orange, sweet and good quality."

Here is their website: Bureau of Plant Industry

Another one you should read: HS11/MG054: Papaya Growing in the Florida Home Landscape
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Awesome Job! Love Papayas. Beautiful Fruit. Thanks for sharing.
It gives me hope for my Solo I planted in July. Maybe it will fruit 2012...



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how do you know you have red lady though? what is your plant source?

well I guess I have only had bisexual plants, its good to know that the female red lady does have round fruits. ive only had bi sexual red ladys with elongated fruits.

However do your petioles not show red on your plants? do all red lady papayas have this?(mine does)
Why is your fruit over 7 lbs?? that seems about twice the size of the parameters of the red lady in your phillipine papaya link. 1.5kg-2kg is rought 3.5-4.5 lbs.

you could have a red lady papya hybrid as it looks like they were seed grown (2 diffrent plants in a pot)
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the fruit looks good though, thats a biggin'.
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