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Don’t let Pawpaws go to Waste ( fungal problems in papaya fruit)

August 20, 2019

Don’t let your winter harvest of red
papaya fruit go to waste. So we’re going to show you how you can use your fruit
throughout the season and especially in the Winter as your fruits start to colour
up you can actually pick this now and it’s a really good idea to do this take
it off the tree and ripen it inside and if you look at the fruit you can see
that it’s got some black spots on it and these are actually fungal spores because
this is a cooler subtropical climate and we do get colder nights in the winter
fungus tend to set in so here’s an example of what will happen if you leave
these fruit on the tree so this is your black spot and the fungus is actually
settled into the fruit and it’s going to ruin the fruit so what you can do with
this is take it off your tree and compost it and the same with this one
which you can see the fruits already going off you could actually pick this
one and ripen it off the tree because it’s starting to color up so get rid of
these fruit don’t let it spread on your tree and in that way you can have
beautiful fruit throughout the winter so you just get a sponge or a brush put a
little bit of washing-up liquid on it and that’s just to wash the spores off
and you’re just going to rub your fruit over with that soap just to rub off any
of the fungal spores this is just water straight out of my hot tap I’ve got
solar hot water so my water’s coming out at about sixty degrees or there abouts
because it floats and put something heavy on that just to keep it under
water for about twenty minutes my chopping board will be perfect for
that. So we’ve had our papayas in this hot water or the 60-degree water
for about 20 minutes now and we’re just going to take them out and the next step
is you just have to dry off your fruits they’ll actually dry quite quickly
because they’re coming out of warm water but it’s just to make sure that there’s
no moisture left on the skin now if you then wrap these fruits in newspaper and
just put them aside in your kitchen in a nice cool dry spot in about 4 days this
is going to ripen up so just keep an eye on it and every day check it in about
four days time you’re going to have a beautiful ripe pawpaw this beautiful pawpaw tree is
producing massive fruits right down to ground level to the ovum and this is where the fruit
will grow and if you can see on this tray behind me is already if you have just one pawpaw how does it
pollinate itself


  • Reply Fruit Based Homestead Jason Kvestad May 31, 2018 at 1:44 am

    Why more fungus in colder areas? I’d thought there would be more and worse in warmer climates. I suppose specific fungi prefer colder climates… thanks.

  • Reply Fruit Based Homestead Jason Kvestad May 31, 2018 at 1:45 am

    More educational videos would be great! Thanks

  • Reply Frank Kopke May 31, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Can I fed these to my chooks?

  • Reply HF TL May 31, 2018 at 9:25 am

    loved it

  • Reply John Mcneill June 24, 2018 at 1:27 am

    Not much happening. Guess winter is coming “ down under”.
    Do you have any issues with Anthracnose in Mangos, Avocados, Lychee, Longan, Loquats?…

  • Reply SYED HASSAN ABBAS November 2, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    I am also papaya grower I have a lot papayas in my home appreciated

  • Reply Zieria January 22, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Hi, I think I may have black spot on the leaves of my young paw paw tree. I can't seem to find any organic methods of controlling this. I am trying to avoid sprays as much as possible, I can't keep cutting the leaves off. It only has very few leaves left. Obviously will still need them but trying to find/ make home made organic fungicide that will not harm anything beneficial. Do you have any information or know where I can go to to get information? Anything will be appreciated.

  • Reply Mac Frampton February 4, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    This is a fascinating video with good recommendations. There is an excellent nursery located in Ty Ty, Georgia,, that sells unusual are rare trees including the American native paw paw tree, and their videos are very informative.

  • Reply anas rabah May 18, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    I like it and i like you
    My from is morocco
    You are my teacher❤????

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