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greenenthu
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March 6, 2011 - 5:15 pm
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Hi GG

My friend who had gone to IARI mela got me a packet of nanhe pusa (dwarf variety)seeds but at the same time gave me the disheartening detailes by experts there. Packet has around 300 seeds but the sad part is male and female seeds are not separated. One has to grow the seeds and once the plant comes to flowering stage (around 3 feet), then only one can make out if the plant is male or female.

Since I live in a high rise building, space is a major constrain for me. I can not follow this method. Is there any other method to separate male and female seeds of papaya?

Happy gardening

Confused

Green enthu

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Hi Greenenthu:

First of all, Papaya seeds are raining for you! As I reported, I also got seeds for you from the Mela. Anyway, I'll give them to some other enthusiast! Next, even though your question is addressed to GG, I am taking the liberty of giving you whatever little info I have on the subject:

1. The right time to sow Papaya seeds is during the monsoons.

2. Sow the seeds in nursery bags.

3. Transplant the seedlings when they are about 6" tall.

4. Plant three seedlings TOGETHER at one spot/in one container.

5. When they reach the flowering stage, cut off some male plants mantaining a Male:Female ratio of about 2:10. While doing this    you will however have to ensure that only one plant is left at each spot/in each container. This will mean that you might have to destroy even some female plants!

6. In view of the above, sow a lot of seeds!! And there is no way to distinguish male seeds from the females!!

This is all I know about this but GG will soon give you dependable hints on the subject.

Regards

Satish

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Hi,

Is it possible to grow these in containers which are 1 feet deep?

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Sri.

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Hi Sri:

The variety called Pusa Nanhe is said to be suitable for growing in containers also. Please don't ask me the reason therefor because I just don't know ! Regards.

Satish

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CORRECTION OF SOWING INFO FOR PAPAYA AS GIVEN TO Greenenthu above:

I talked to the Director of the IARI, Pusa, Bihar and to Dr. Kanahiya Singh of the same establishent today regarding the above-mentioned subject. Very friendly and co-operative people. Dr. Singh is the scientist incharge of the Papaya programme at the IARI, Pusa. The basic advice from him regarding the sowing time for Papaya seeds is that this is dictated by the climate in your area. Dr. Singh went on to explain that for Delhi & NCR the ideal time to sow the seeds in nursery bags would be May so that we are able to transplant in the month of July. This will give the seedlings some time to grow before the onset of colder weather in October in Delhi & the NCR. Papaya stops growing in cold weather. When the temperature starts rising in March next year, your Papaya plants will bloom and get ready to bear fruit !

Some other hints that Dr. Singh provided on this subject are as under:

1. Use fungicides like Copper Oxychloride and Carbidazine to avoid damping off of the seedlings.

2. Papaya plants abhor stagnating water. So it is necessary to have sufficient drainage holes in the nursery bags. Further, the soil to which the plants are transplanted should be very rich in N and should be quick draining. Dr. Singh suggested making a mound of soil for each plant.

I regret the wrong info posted by me earlier and hope have realised my mistake in time to cause any real harm.

Regards.

Satish

Satish

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Hi Satish

I highly appreciate all the efforts you had put to erase the confusion. Yes, we can share our seeds to other enthusiasts. Now one more question, has IARI not treated the seeds before hand. Are we supposed to treat them again?

I will wait for the right weather and post the developement.

Thanks once again.

Happy gardening

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Green enthu

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greenenthu said:

Hi Satish

I highly appreciate all the efforts you had put to erase the confusion. Yes, we can share our seeds to other enthusiasts. Now one more question, has IARI not treated the seeds before hand. Are we supposed to treat them again?

I will wait for the right weather and post the developement.

Thanks once again.

Happy gardening

Smile

Green enthu


Hi Greenenthu:

I don't know if the seeds from IARI are pretreated but may be its better to err on the side of safety! In any case, Dr. Singh has advised the use of a fungicide like Copper Oxychloride or Carbendazim in the sowing medium to avoid damping off. Thanks for the appreciation. Regards.

Satish

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Satish said:

Hi Sri:

The variety called Pusa Nanhe is said to be suitable for growing in containers also. Please don't ask me the reason therefor because I just don't know ! Regards.

Satish


Satish said:

CORRECTION OF SOWING INFO FOR PAPAYA AS GIVEN TO Greenenthu above:

I talked to the Director of the IARI, Pusa, Bihar and to Dr. Kanahiya Singh of the same establishent today regarding the above-mentioned subject. Very friendly and co-operative people. Dr. Singh is the scientist incharge of the Papaya programme at the IARI, Pusa. The basic advice from him regarding the sowing time for Papaya seeds is that this is dictated by the climate in your area. Dr. Singh went on to explain that for Delhi & NCR the ideal time to sow the seeds in nursery bags would be May so that we are able to transplant in the month of July. This will give the seedlings some time to grow before the onset of colder weather in October in Delhi & the NCR. Papaya stops growing in cold weather. When the temperature starts rising in March next year, your Papaya plants will bloom and get ready to bear fruit !

Some other hints that Dr. Singh provided on this subject are as under:

1. Use fungicides like Copper Oxychloride and Carbidazine to avoid damping off of the seedlings.

2. Papaya plants abhor stagnating water. So it is necessary to have sufficient drainage holes in the nursery bags. Further, the soil to which the plants are transplanted should be very rich in N and should be quick draining. Dr. Singh suggested making a mound of soil for each plant.

I regret the wrong info posted by me earlier and hope have realised my mistake in time to cause any real harm.

Regards.

Satish

Satish


Satish said:

CORRECTION OF SOWING INFO FOR PAPAYA AS GIVEN TO Greenenthu above:

I talked to the Director of the IARI, Pusa, Bihar and to Dr. Kanahiya Singh of the same establishent today regarding the above-mentioned subject. Very friendly and co-operative people. Dr. Singh is the scientist incharge of the Papaya programme at the IARI, Pusa. The basic advice from him regarding the sowing time for Papaya seeds is that this is dictated by the climate in your area. Dr. Singh went on to explain that for Delhi & NCR the ideal time to sow the seeds in nursery bags would be May so that we are able to transplant in the month of July. This will give the seedlings some time to grow before the onset of colder weather in October in Delhi & the NCR. Papaya stops growing in cold weather. When the temperature starts rising in March next year, your Papaya plants will bloom and get ready to bear fruit !

Some other hints that Dr. Singh provided on this subject are as under:

1. Use fungicides like Copper Oxychloride and Carbidazine to avoid damping off of the seedlings.

2. Papaya plants abhor stagnating water. So it is necessary to have sufficient drainage holes in the nursery bags. Further, the soil to which the plants are transplanted should be very rich in N and should be quick draining. Dr. Singh suggested making a mound of soil for each plant.

I regret the wrong info posted by me earlier and hope have realised my mistake in time to cause any real harm.

Regards.

Satish

Satish


sri said:

Hi,

Is it possible to grow these in containers which are 1 feet deep?

Regards

Sri.


Satish said:

Hi Sri:

The variety called Pusa Nanhe is said to be suitable for growing in containers also. Please don't ask me the reason therefor because I just don't know ! Regards.

Satish

Great!! I would like to grow this in my terrace. Can someone help me where I can get these seeds in Bangalore ? Thanks.

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Hello Sri,

greenenthu sent me some seeds of Papaya Pusa Nanhe. So much thanks to her.
Please feel free to collect it from me.

GG

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Thanks to Greenenthu and GG.  GG, I will get in touch with you to collect them. thanks again.

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