how should I transplant papaya - Knowledgebase Question

Pinon Hills, Ca
Question by Favgrandma
August 13, 2010
we dumped all the papaya seeds into a large pot of potting soil and voila a pot full of baby papaya. How should I transplant them. We live in the upper desert in so. Ca and do get very cold temps in the winter even snow at times.Do you think we have a chance of ever getting a papaya off the plants when they mature?


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Answer from NGA
August 13, 2010

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Papaya is tropical in nature so if your garden regularly freezes each winter, there's not much chance you'll get a papaya to grow mature enough to develop fruits. However, you might transplant a few of your new little plants and try growing them indoors during the winter months. You can enjoy them outoors in the spring and summer months and indoors as a houseplant when temperatures are below 55F.

To transplant, choose containers with lots of drainage holes in the bottoms and fill them with moistened potting soil. Use a kitchen fork to gently lift each of the little plants and transplant each one into a container of its own. Water when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch.

Best wishes with your new venture!

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