Thursday, October 7, 2010

Papaya tree- male, female or bisexual?

My papaya seedlings came from the fruit i bought from a grocery store.
I scattered them into a pot and they all (99%, if not all haha) came to live.

I am new to papayas. I've learned from a forum that a papaya tree can be male, female or bisexual. The female-only flowers are big and fat and attached directly to the trunk, the male-only are smaller, longer, skinnier, and are on long branches. The ones with both sexes are kind of in between in shape, also attached to the trunk. Both the female only and bisexual flowers can produce fruits, but the female-only ones need a male plant nearby.

It would be good to know the sex of the papayas before they are transplanted to the ground so that landscape can be planned earlier. Is there any way to tell the sex of a papaya tree when it is still a baby and there's no bloom yet?

I hope you have a great day today! :)


Bangchik said...

A friend mentioned about seeds that come in two tones. One in real black colour and another slightly brownish. He said, the black seeds which is the majority will be females, the brownish males. But I never put his findings to test....

Donna said...

Hi Milka - your seedlings are growing so tall and proud! haha It will be interesting to see what they end up being!
Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment on my recent STRESS post. What wonderful and meaningful work you do :)
I hope you have a wonderful weekend... Donna

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

The papaya seeds popping out nicely. I also like to know how to differentiate male and female when they are young:) Mine hasn't pop up yet...still too cold for papaya here.

Autumn Belle said...

I hope I can help you but I'm sorry I don't know the way to differentiate the male from female plants when they are still at seedling stage. They all look alike to me, except that some appear to grow faster and they look stronger. I guess the best thing to do now is to select those seedlings that are healthiest. If you have a male plant, you can cook the flowers, e.g. stir fry. I used to have a male papaya tree in my backyard but I didn't know what to do with the tree, so it just ended up as my 'garden decoration' ;-)

milka said...

Dear all, thank you for your reply.
Just wanna share. I just learned from my mum that a baby papaya plant with only one straight root is a male and if it has many branches, it is either a female or a bisexual. I've just transplanted a few to the ground, let's see the test results few months later :)