How to Produce Healthy Papaya Seedlings

Seedlings in a plastic tray ready for pricking in black polyethylene bag.
How to Produce Healthy Papaya Seedlings
Seedlings in a plastic tray ready for pricking in black polyethylene bag.
Many farmers are not really knowledgeable on the proper way of germinating papaya seeds so they would rather buy seedlings that are ready to plant in the field. Fortunately, East-West Seed is producing ready-to-plant seedlings.
  
At any rate, for those who would like to germinate their own seedlings, East-West Seed has come up with a guide. For a start, soak the seeds in clean water for three days, changing the water daily.
 
After soaking, sow the seeds in seedling tray using a mixture of one part river sand and three parts coir dust. Any available sowing media with the same soil structure may be used.
  
Two days after germination, transfer (prick) each seedling to polyethylene bags containing the soil media.
 
Drench fungicide such as Proplant or Previcur after pricking at the rate of 40 ml per 16 liter of water to prevent damping off.
An option is to sow the seeds directly to the polybags so no pricking is needed.
 
East-West has also come up with a fertilizing guide at seedling stage. On the day of seeding, drench calcium nitrate at the rate of 30 grams per 16 liter of water, or 19-19-19 Crop Giant at 40 grams per 16 liters of water.
 
At 7 days after seeding (DAS), drench calcium nitrate at 30 grams per 16 liters of water or 30-10-10 Peter’s at 40 grams per 16 liters of water.
 
At 14 DAS, drench calcium nitrate at 40 grams per 16 liters of water or 19-19-19 Crop Giant at 40 grams per 16 liters of water.
 
At 21 DAS, drench calcium nitrate at 50 grams per 16 liters of water or 30-10-10 Peter’s at 40 grams per 16 liters of water.
 
At 28 DAS, drench calcium nitrate at 50 grams per 16 liters of water or 19-19-19 Crop Giant at 40 grams per 16 liters of water.
  
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