My Red Lady papaya tree is still losing flowers. On the off-chance that it’s not just a mischievous pest that nibbles on the stems and causes the flowers to drop, I’ve been rotating a variety of fertilizers. However, the flowers still somehow end up on the ground.
I found one such fallen flower that had been partially eaten, probably by snails. What was interesting was that the inside was exposed, and there was what looked like a tiny fruit at the base of it.
I stripped away the remaining petals to find this rounded, radish-like thing inside – the flower’s ovary, I guess. What a shame to think that, given time, this would have grown into a big, ripe papaya.
And yes, I believe that it would have grown into a fruit because, based on the cylindrical shape of the flower buds, this is likely a hermaphrodite tree. So, no pollination from other trees would be necessary.
When will we have a complete countdown and have blastoff with these flowers?