Papayas In Pots: A Failure

About a month ago I bought a few seeds of a rare dwarf variety of papaya.

Carica papaya v. ‘carinosa’

“I’ll grow this in the big window in a big pot” I thought.

No.

Let me elaborate.

 

The plants were potted in peat pellets and came up fine. As soon as roots became visible from beneath the pellet, I dropped these little guys into some pots, put them back where they were, and waited. I swear I didn’t do anything else wrong, guys. I swear.

Yet, in a week they were all dead.

I have read that papayas of any variety have a 0 tolerance policy for root disturbance, so my guess is that was the culprit. Next time I will sow the seeds directly into 18″ pots, which I have read is sufficient size to grow a small papaya plant. Also, I will supplement the light with a small red blue LED bulb, since I am not completely certain that that didn’t help kill the thing. You can get them really cheap on websites like Wish.com

I will keep you all posted as I go, but first I have to find the seeds at an affordable rate.

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