Stressed Papaya

Papaya (pawpaw)    None Given

I have recovered a papaya from a well known nursery in Miami and when it arrived after a 5 days trip it was doing ok. When I took it out of the box, it started showing signs of stress, such as loosing some of its leaves. Now there is this part that's thinner and looks dry to me, but in the middle of the tree! What is this? Can I save it? Shall I trim to that part?


Posted by: reem (9 points) reem
Posted: June 14, 2015


It is hard to tell what happened from a picture, but from the look of these photos, the top of the tree will soon be dead. If the tree shoots out new growth below the dead area, you might have a chance to save it, but it does not look promising.

Posted by: Charlie B. (2 points) Charlie B.
Posted: June 17, 2015

It looks to me like some kind of fungal rot, mabe phytium, rhizoctonia, fusarium or any other soil disease. They kill the stem/roots tissues and the rest of the plant can't get any water or minerals, so the tissues with more water inside suffer the most. Maybe been kept in a closed space for a while made the environment more humid, and easier for the fungus to invade the plant.
I think it's nothing to be done at this stage. If you have more plants, keep them away from this one. You should try to use Trichoderma in order to save the rest and/or prevent more infections, you can use some chemical fungicide as well.

Posted by: Carlos Hidalgo (1 point) Carlos Hidalgo
Posted: June 23, 2015

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