We had to “bite the bullet” and do the heartbreaking deed. Yes, we killed our treasured papaya tree. We had to, as it was a volunteer growing in the wrong place; but over time gave us so many mega-sized sweet fruits. We’ve had her (yes, female) for 3 years and she happily grew right next to our concrete wall, staying warm during winter.
So now, begins the process of hopefully getting this tree to re-grow from cuttings, which to-date, I have known only 50:50 success.
I spoke to them, gave them a mixture of soil & nutrients which they’ve been receiving and are familiar with and put them in their “nursery crib” to bear roots.
And the top of the whole tree I decided to place in a ground patch which have been enriched for quite a while with bokashi in a pit.
Will they be born again? I hope so.