Photo by Melody
It's time now to VOTE in our 14th annual photo contest! Voting ends November 7, so be sure to cast your votes for your favorites in each category here. Good luck to all contestants!

Tropical Zone Gardening: Papaya T R Hovey

Communities > Forums > Tropical Zone Gardening
bookmark
Forum: Tropical Zone GardeningReplies: 6, Views: 58
Add to Bookmarks
-
AuthorContent
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 14, 2012
6:03 PM

Post #9333414

I bought a plant in early spring, believing it was a dwarf variety. The plant is presently 12 ft tall and I'm wondering if I really have a dwarf. Twelve ft doesn't seem dwarf to me. I started researching the matter and I get the impression there may be a TR Hovey and a dwarf TR Hovey. Can u set me straight?

Also, here it is Nov and my tree is full of fruit, most of them the size of lemons and oranges (small). Will these get to ripen?

Is it customary for foliage to turn brown from the bottom up? or am I doing something wrong?

I really don't want something this tall--I was hoping for a max. height of 6 ft. if you can recommend a variety with good tasting fruit, lemme know.

thanks

This message was edited Nov 15, 2012 1:38 PM
KAMasud
Rawalpindi
Pakistan
(Zone 9a)

November 25, 2012
9:58 AM

Post #9341988


Don't know much about TR Hovey but do know papayas. 12 feet is adult size and no, it is not a dwarf. It wont grow taller as to fruit, depends on your winter temperatures. Frost or no frost. Leaves do turn yellow that's not much of a problem, time of year and it must be a bit cold. As to the fruits, all is not lost you can use the green papaya to tenderise meat. Wait and see it might ripen but it is not the correct time of the year.
Regards,
Masud.
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 25, 2012
12:57 PM

Post #9342137

thank you Masud. I was afraid it was not a dwarf. It remains to be seen whether it will survive our winter. I am in zone 9a, with a mild climate but it is gamble as far as papayas, mangoes, avocados and certain citrus goes.

KAMasud
Rawalpindi
Pakistan
(Zone 9a)

November 25, 2012
11:24 PM

Post #9342650


Most welcome, if it is against a South facing wall it will survive. Sheltered and South facing the fruit may ripen.
I am also in same zone and the fruit does not ripen in zone 9a. We grow it to tenderise meat, you can dry it in the sun and use it later on.
Regards,
Masud.
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

November 26, 2012
2:09 AM

Post #9342665

Hey girlfriend, I had this salad in HI, sans the dried shrimp, and it was YUM.

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2010/05/thai_green_papaya_salad

Bon Appetit :-)
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 26, 2012
4:12 PM

Post #9343245

hmmmm. it faces S/SW, not sheltered. we shall see. I saw some seeds on ebay for dwarf and the seller had a pic of what the tree would look like, not quite 4 ft and packed w/ fruit. I may wait til next spring before I decide.

I should have mentioned that I was able to eat ONE papaya from my present tree. It was the size of a large orange and it was the most delicious thing. Almost made me forget the size dilemma.

Ardie, how are ya. My computer problems are finally over. After the trojan horse fiasco, I had upstream problems for about two more weeks. I thought I'd go mad. But all is well now.

That salad sounds delish (sans dried shrimp). Bon Appetit brings so many memories. When I first married the practice husband, I was subscribed to BA and would study it like a chemistry manual just so I would produce the perfect, most elaborate meals/desserts. Champagne gelato, anyone? He didn't deserve it, lol, but I learned a thing or two in the kitchen so it's all good as I can treat the FOREVER husband to some nice vittles every now and then.



That
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

November 26, 2012
4:40 PM

Post #9343262

ROFLMAO love the "practice husband", what a hoot.

You cannot post until you register and login.


Other Tropical Zone Gardening Threads you might be interested in:

SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
Welcome! Terry 92 May 31, 2007 7:56 PM
Gardening In AUSTRALIA . Way Way South ! ginger749 170 Dec 6, 2012 8:33 PM
Fern erradication AlohaHoya 85 May 12, 2009 2:37 AM
plants - I promise! Islandshari 23 May 28, 2007 11:33 PM
dead bees on young crape myrtles tab2 5 Oct 31, 2009 3:58 PM


We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2014 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hope for America