Ozark Lady wrote:I shared lots of seeds with folks, I haven't heard if anyone had any luck starting them and growing them from seeds.
Ozark Lady -- I didn't report?
I have one little tree growing in a threesome with my two purchased pawpaw treelings which my kids whimsically named "Pa'" and "Pa'" (say with Little House on the Prairie accent). Last I looked, the little seedling was about 18" tall. The little one needs a name
I sowed seeds near to the other two in a location I had chosen for the purchased treelets after some serious thinking as to suitability, and also in a few spots near the back fence, but the back fence ones didn't seem to have made it. Too dry, I suspect.
I have to admit I had a few more seeds in the fridge in a little zip bag that got pushed to the back and forgotten
and. I discovered that they had sprouted at some point much too late. So that's something to keep in mind for anyone trying to grow them from seeds.
PAPAYA -- i see them in the grocery store but I don't get them because if I had the choice, I tend to buy mango. But I did buy one a long time ago and tried growing the seeds. I think I mentioned this before somewhere.... They were VERY easy to grow from seeds, and the seedlings with their mini true leaves were adorable and attractive. I accidentally let the whole lot die in the fall or I would have one or two in my container tropical tree collection along with avocado and mango.
The fruits in the stores here are obviously picked green and "ripened" -- the insipid flavor didn't appeal to me but maybe there's a better way to eat them -- did you say you dry them or did you say you just get them as birdfeed? I had read that you can eat the seeds and tried -- they were peppery (reminiscent of black pepper). I wonder if you can dry and grind them into pepper like spice?
My favorite on-line tropical plant source sells DWARF papaya cultivar described as good for container culture and I have been eye-ing for a while now but it is rather expensive, along with cassia cinanamon, cacao, vanilla orchid, and spice pepper (my other wishlist plants).