Another month of sunshine, which is not a surprise since around Chinese New Year is the hottest time of year. We had a little rain about three times, including today, but not much rain actually fell.
I put a lot of papaya seeds in the ground. Quite a few papaya came up in pots, where I didn’t really want them, and almost none came up in situ, where I had put seeds, and thus I wanted them. So today I transplanted them from where they’d come up to the back lane.
These papaya I transplanted a few months ago
Then tonight I read that papayas hate being transplanted. Well, I have done it plenty of times before and they survived and grew, but perhaps it set them back a bit – I don’t know.
What I also read:
- Sun Light: Grow best in full sun. Papayas love the heat and sunlight.
- Fertilize: Papayas are heavy feeders and require regular fertilizing. Adding compost is also recommended.
- Water: Papayas have large soft leaves and evaporate a lot of water in warm weather, so they need above average watering.
- Soil: Papayas do best in rich soil that is high in organic matter. Make sure your planting location and soil has good drainage to avoid root rot.
Since then a lot of seeds I put in germinated, but some of the transplanted papaya died – snails and mealy bugs, mostly were the cause, plus the roots didn’t hold them upright securely enough.
I put some passion fruit seeds in, and snails killed one pronto, but I then protected the other sprouts, and now they are about two or three inches tall.
I’ve seen a grasshopper around, and some leaves eaten like the one below. Fortunately they are the mature plants’ leaves, so it’s no problem.
This rat somehow or other it got itself into this bin and couldn’t escape. They can carry nasty diseases so it’s not safe to let them stay around. Around twice a year I have to trap one.
Squirrels attack a passion fruit once every three days at the moment, so I protect them with these tea envelopes from Daiso. Mostly it works.
I always thought mulch was good. But it turns out it is hiding snails. So I removed it.
A pumpkin actually grew to maturity.
A papaya came up from seed. The blue pea flower is staying for the moment.
I tidied up the concrete garden.
The squirrel got this passion fruit.
After this I harvested almost all remaining passion fruit, except for the ones that felt very light, and thus probably weren’t ready.
The lime tree ha never been very successful at fruiting. I am now getting a few small fruit.
It’s a happy time of year for bougainvillea
I moved and repotted a couple of bougainvillea
Elsewhere, happy bougainvillea
Now I am sundrying leaves for one or two days
and then I crunch them up when crispy, and put them into the compost
Over the past year I have put a lot of mock orange seeds into the soil. The previous years they have germinated and come up sometime around Christmas or after. Then I could transplant lots of seedlings into small pots, and give them away, or grow them bigger. But this year it hasn’t happened. No little mock orange plants. It’s disappointing.
I can sometimes see the birds land on this mock orange and eat the ripe seeds
These passion fruit seedlings which I grew from seed and put into the soil last month are growing really well
I have pruned the passion fruit vines right back. I probably should have done it before Christmas, as the vines are growing again now, but with all the rain for the last months of the year they were flowing then.
What I am not sure of is if I should prune back to the wood, as below, or leave some green stem and leaves, as above. I did both to see.
As of last week the rest of the papaya seeds I had put in have come up.
Due to all the rain last year the passion fruit season has been very long. There are only about three left on the vine, and I notice there is a flower, but it probably won’t produce fruit.