Posted 11 June 2011 - 09:16 PM
Posted 12 June 2011 - 08:15 AM
Posted 12 June 2011 - 09:31 AM
Posted 12 June 2011 - 05:09 PM
We have mango trees that grow really well and fast. Love it here. But not from seed. AJ tried all approaches and none worked. But he has had success with buying small trees. 20 feet tall and just starting to have mangos, one of them.
Bird of Paradise trees grow very well here and are lovely. We have a fair number of those. Oleander can quickly grow to bushy tree height. Red hibisicus in particular can also get enormous and seem to flourish here more than the other colors. Oh plumerias! Flora de Mayo. Tons of those. They grow from cut off branches and we have many of them although none of ours have ever gotten bigger than about 5 feet as most variets get a periodic yellow fungus and they drop all their leavs. But they do flower and are lovely before the yellowing starts
We have one large unknown tree with squash ball green fruits that our Mayan friends can't identify. I should post a picture. AJ thought it was an avocado but it's not now that we see the fruit. Meaning he's also never had luck with avocados.
Mamey is another native tree that grows well here. Leaves look a bit like papayas. No telling what the fruit will be like as ours haven't gotten big enough for that yet.
Stay clear of the guanabana -- riddled with bores that ruin the fruit and the rats are attracted to them. We had a huge one we cut down when we saw all the rats in it. Bananas are also dirty trees. Attracting all kinds of insects and spiders and the bananas take like 3 months to ripen and then the plant dies back to the ground looking ugly most of the time. My opinion
Papayas are not trees by the way. They're more stalks like bananas. They die after awhile, says AJ.
If you want a tree that will grow to 20 feet in 9 months and give you temp shade, we had some meringa shoots still coming up if anyone wants them. We used them for years to provide shade until the deeper rooted plants could get big enough to provide shade. They grow like weeds, are good for the soil. But they are very shallow rooted and high winds blow them over. Good temp shade cover, however.
Posted 12 June 2011 - 08:24 PM
Posted 12 June 2011 - 09:35 PM
Posted 13 June 2011 - 05:38 AM
Mangos would be my recommendation instead of papaya. It is easy to find little mango trees for sale, they grow fast and well here, they are pretty trees. Prettier than papayas with smaller greener leaves and just as fast growing.
Posted 13 June 2011 - 03:03 PM
Posted 13 June 2011 - 04:52 PM
How about jasmine for a planter? They grow beautifully here have lovely white flowers and the night blooming variety have a marvelous aroma. Also four o'clocks grow like weed here and work well just about anywhere growing to the size of a two foot bush.
Posted 14 June 2011 - 02:28 PM
Posted 15 June 2011 - 11:04 AM
We've got banana and coconut growing at our place and would really like to add a papaya or two. I'd appreciate your thoughts on the best place to find them, what the best time to plant might be and any other papaya growing tips I might need. I've walked by a garden center many times on Traversal road, I think near 65th but haven't ever gone in. Is that a good spot to go? Appreciate thoughts and suggestions.
I purchased a Papaya tree from that garden center in January of this year and planted it in my back yard.The tree actualy looked like a small plant when I purchased it. However, has it grown as of this moment it is about five feet tall with blooms on it. I don't remember what I paid, it wasen't very expensive.......KenH
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