Papaya ~ assisted pollination

I have been watching the buds carefully and the first bloom of this particular female young Malaysian (Tropical) Papaya Plant has to be hand pollinated… just in case the bees miss it.  It’s just too precious to leave as is.

The male flower in my hand while the female sits there welcoming pollen.

The male flower in my hand while the female sits there welcoming the pollen.

Pollen on Stigma

Pollen on Stigma

… and now to watch if the ovary swells, for me to get my Tropical Papaya this Fall.

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