Well darn. Our one and only male Red Lady papaya tree has decided to leave us prematurely. Just last week we noticed that the leaves were starting to die out at the crown, while the rest of the leaves started turning yellow one by one, then brown, then hung limply on the tree as the stems weren’t ready to drop off just yet.
My best guess is that the tree couldn’t take the excessive wet weather. In fact, I’d like that to be the reason, rather than find out the tree was diseased. It is highly possible, though, as it’s common knowledge that papaya trees don’t like “wet feet”. The only problem with this is that the tree’s sisters only 2 metres away in either direction don’t seem to be suffering the same problem. Yet. Mr Papaya Tree actually felt a bit wobbly when the trunk was rocked a little, so that showed that the roots weren’t good any more.
Even the crown of the tree felt a little squishy when pinched. That being the case, we bade farewell to it and have our fingers crossed that our existing trees are hermaphrodites and not just females, otherwise it’s bye-bye to new Red Lady papayas.
Here are some of the highlights of Mr Red Lady Papaya Tree’s life:
I guess it’s time to start sowing seeds again – if they’re still viable!