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People are always trying to do what they can't do or shouldn't do, and one of the things that they can't do is grow papayas in San Antonio. I say we can't do it, but we can now that we have Mr. Ying Moy at the San Antonio Botanical Center showing us how. Well, obviously a papaya is a tropical and the least little freeze will freeze them to the ground so I guess you've got to start them early.

How do you make sure you've got these growing long enough to fruit by the time the first freeze occurs? So basically you start the transplant twelve months before you want to plant the things.

Once you've got big old fruit hanging on it how in the world do you know when it's ripe? The fruit turns a little bit yellow like a lot of other fruit does.

Papayas are male and female I understand, so how can you tell the difference between a male and female plant? The male has basically male, stamine flowers, and that produces the fruit. And as you look over here you can see that the females have plenty of big 'ol fruit hanging up there.

So now you can grow a papaya in the area if you know how to do it. I guess you can grow any plant if you kind of manipulate it a little bit.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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