lighting for House Plants
Besides food and water, light is one of the most important needs of plant survival. Light absorbed by plants enables them to convert their energy into sugars and starches they need to grow and survive. No light or inadequate light has a detrimental effect on plants.
If we pay attention to our plants, they will tell us if their needs are being met- especially light. Your plant is telling you that it needs more light if it becomes pale or spindly. It will also lean toward the most source of light. Another indicator of not enough light is if a flowering plant fails to produce any flowers or at least weak blooms. The soil in the container will be continually wet which will cause root rot and the plant will slowly die.
I always plant Hybrid varieties of papaya in India
Leave some space between the top of the container and the surface of the rootball. This acts as a reservoir to hold water until the rootball can absorb it. Not leaving any space will result in the water running off rather than soaking in. It also allows time for the water to wash in the soil around the roots, preventing air pockets within the rootball.
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