blazito wrote:I have a dwarf TR Hovey carica (self pollinating) plant about 9-10 months old. About 2 weeks ago I noticed some buds/pre flowers. However, these buds are not flowering. They turn brown and shrivel up one by one. I feed with organic fertilizer once a month (dr. earth bud and bloom). I have been watering every other day because it has been pretty hot out here in SoCal. Any help is highly appreciated.
Healthy pre flower
Good afternoon OP,
While I am not entirely sure about the dwarf cultivar of papaya I can tell you the normal counter part is either male or female and requires the other in order to pollinate and then hopefully fertilize the flower. Being that yours is a "self-pollinator" these varieties are highly inbred and often breed true to type. Were did you get your seeds from?
A plant will flower when certain conditions are met, example; Right Enviro conditions, proper nutrients avil, and maturity. Given that your plant is 9-10 months old I think the chances that the plant hit maturity can be ruled out. However there is a transition stage, and your plant might be in that stage.
Another factor to look at is your environment, does it rain too much? Is it too humid? Is it too dry? Adequate sunlight...ect...ect
And lastly proper nutrients, if your plants does not have the essential nutrients available for uptake then your plant will not be able to complete a life cycle. Nutrients can become tied in soil that has an off PH to acidic or too basic will tie up essential nutrient uptake and make it nearly impossible for your plant to use these.
One more thing to add, do you have an IPM in place?
I know the info in broad but unless I have more info to go on its kind of hard to narrow it down,
Hope this helps