Be still, my beating heart… the first Red Lady papaya tree is finally doing what it’s supposed to – bear fruit! 8)
Not only is the first fruit developing – a mystery to me, since there were no male papaya flowers in our garden to pollinate it when that flower first bloomed – but the next female flower has opened, with even more flowers budding higher up on the tree.
I know that papaya trees are normally prolific fruiters, but this is special to me – grown from seeds bought from a commercial seed supplier, and a Taiwanese type, too.
No, I’ve never eaten this type of papaya before, nor am I a huge fan of papaya – I eat ‘em, but I don’t crave ‘em the way I do chocolate or my morning coffee…
The challenge of growing something new and unique simply appealed to me. And, alright, I admit the fact that it’s supposed to be sweet was also a big selling point!
Besides, it’s a tropical fruit, this is a tropical country, and it grows well here. So I’m happy to have them growing here.
For now, we’re keeping an eye on the developing fruit(s). I know that it takes them a few weeks to mature, so, the Red Lady papaya saga goes on…