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My visit to IIHR Heesaraghatta
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arnprasad
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March 31, 2011 - 3:23 pm

Being new to Bangalore...didnt know where Heesaraghatta was..

 

During browsing on the net I found a reference to IIHR and since it was 25 kms from my house I thought it would be a nice picnic to go there...so 9 of us went in a Versa last saturday...its a nice place..around 15 kms from Jalahalli...spread over few kilometers......but no water body to be a picnic place as the lake has almost dried up.

 

Went to their vegetable seed department, met Mr. sadashiva who guided me to another colleague who spent some 15 mins with us.

 

Went to their seed bank and took a packet of each vegetable costing 15 bucks each.

 

Had a look at their vegetable and fruit garden.

 

Got two saplins of dwarf papaya from their nursery and they seem to fit well in my garden..in terms of not dying out when replantedLaugh

 

Also got a gram of papaya seeds costing 60K a KG!!! for 60 bucks....since the two 8 rupee saplings are doing fine....I dont need the papaya seeds.

 

IIHR trip itself was good...but again dont expect samples of all vegetables and fruits growing there.  Fruits are limited to mango, papaya and sapota and few others.  Vegetables are limited to tomatoes, Cabbage, chilli, brinjal and couple of othersFrown

So if you stay near vijaynagar area in Bangalore...feel free to contact me and I will be happy to let go  of a part of all the seeds I bought which frankly I need only 10% of Surprised

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Hi amprasad:

Did you get saplings of "Pusa dwarf" Papaya? If so, please remember that this variety bears male or female flowers on seperate plants. With just saplings you run a major risk of having both turning out to be either male or female! Allow me to suggest that you quickly sow your seeds also. Regards.

Satish

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April 1, 2011 - 5:55 am

Thanks Satish,

 

My garden is not big enough to support two saplings Nand i was going to kill oneanyway.  if i plant a seed....is there a guarantee thatit will have male and female?what is the option if I want to grow only one plant and want fruits? my gardin is someting like 35 feetby 4 feet and i plan to grow some 10 types of vegetables..s cant have multiple papaya plants. pls advice

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April 1, 2011 - 10:54 am
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I have not been to IIHR but have been to Lalbagh, Dept of Horticulture - Hulimavu and GKVK. The papaya seedlings at all these places when I was there were 'Solo'. The Solo variety has flowers of both sexes! I got 2 from DoH recently for Rs. 8 each. 

 

I recollect reading few lines on drumstick varity PKM-1 on this forum or could be as part of topic comments. If any of the readers are interested in drumstick varity PKM-1, the same is available at DoH Hulimavu. I got one last week for Rs. 6. 

 

Cheers, STS 

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arnprasad said:

Thanks Satish,

 

My garden is not big enough to support two saplings Nand i was going to kill oneanyway.  if i plant a seed....is there a guarantee thatit will have male and female?what is the option if I want to grow only one plant and want fruits? my gardin is someting like 35 feetby 4 feet and i plan to grow some 10 types of vegetables..s cant have multiple papaya plants. pls advice


Hi arnprasad:

I had asked the same question of the people at Pusa. The advice given was to plant three saplings together on each hillock. After they grow up & flower destroy most of the males. But if you turn out lucky to have more than one female on any hillock you should retain only one. There are certain varieties of Papa that produce both male & female flowers on the same tree. That could be your solution. Regards.

Satish

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