It’s pretty interesting watching how the Red Lady papaya plants are faring as time goes on. After all, they were all planted at the same time, germinated a few days apart, and right now their growth rates make them look like they’re from different batches altogether.
The first sprout is not the tallest plant. It now stands at 32cm high. The other two pairs of plants are still in pairs because they’re all growing at the same rate and I can’t determine which to cull. By rights, I ought to get rid of all four of them because they’re not doing as well as the others.
On the bright side, the fastest growing plant is still the one that is slightly shaded. At my last update, it was 18cm high; now, it stands at double that height: 36cm. That’s 18cm of growth in 5 weeks!
And, according to the info on the seed supplier’s website, the plants will start bearing fruits when they’re 60 to 80cm high. That means I’m about halfway there! Assuming, of course, that this is a female or hermaphroditic plant.
Actually, we’re halfway there in terms of time, because the plants are now 3 months old, and it generally takes plants 6 months to reach flowering age. Time for a mini-celebration!