Friday, July 4, 2008
Old Wives' Tale?
I can't seem to find anything on the internet about this, and I find it interesting.
Jack's mother is really good at growing things, and one of the things she's always had in her sub-tropical zone backyard is papaya trees. She has a few tricks she uses to have success in their bearing fruit, it seems...
Her advice to Jack, after being consulted about our non-bearing papaya trees goes like this:
1. Stick a sharp nail well into the trunk, then remove it.
2. Take a portion of a papaya leaf and bind it over the nail hole so that it won't get infected.
She said if we do that, that some of the trees should "change" reproductively, and we'll find that it/they will begin producing fruit.
Will it work? What is the science behind this?
I can't find anything on the internet, but I'm putting it here on this post. Let's see what happens!
(I don't even particularly LIKE papaya fruits, but Jack loves them, and they are great chicken feed...for when we have chickens. Plus they're great marinades for tenderizing meats, and I imagine there are salsas, etc they'd be good in. They're good for me, so I'll likely eat some anyway. They seem to grow like crazy down here without too much fuss, so who can pass up an easy-to-grow fruit?) :)