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southwest florida
May 16, 2020 2:40 PM CST
I have 2 papaya plants in different sections of the garden. They both became afflicted with yellowing/browning/shriveling leaves. I assumed maybe whiteflies or some such and sprayed with a pyrethrin based bug killer. One plant immediately got better. The other did not. I sprayed again. Condition saddened further. Now the poor thing is nearly dead. Pictures attached. I live in Cape Coral, Florida.
Attaching pictures.
Anybody have a notion about the cause?
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Name: sumire
Reno, Nevada (Zone 6a)
May 16, 2020 5:32 PM CST
What time of day did you spray your plants?
southwest florida
May 22, 2020 2:48 PM CST
Can't remember time of day. Morning or afternoon. May have been in heat of day.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
May 22, 2020 3:11 PM CST
I think you fried it. But, be patient, it should recover. I would pick off all the fruit so the tree concentrates on new leaves instead of ripening fruit.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Name: sumire
Reno, Nevada (Zone 6a)
May 22, 2020 3:12 PM CST
I agree

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