My papaya plants are really struggling


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Just wondering if anybody can give me some advice with my papaya plants. I’m in the UK so not the best place to be growing papaya plants!! The bigger ones were doing fine outdoors during the summer, they’ve struggled a bit since bringing them in though.

My seedlings were looking alright a week or so ago, since I’ve moved them into a different room though each day goes by and another one looks like it’ll soon die.

I use a grow light, water the plants when the top feels dry. I’m not sure what the problem could be, other than something in this room is making things worse? Can a dehumidifier worsen things? There is one running at the entrance of the room the plants are in.

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Papayas are a tropical plant and require high humidity. 50% the absolute lowest. Even in South Texas with a relative high humidity of 60% plants struggle. By no means use a dehumidifier, if anything use a humidifier and keep plants as close to 80F as possible. Even a higher temperature is preferable. Also, your soil appears way to wet. They like moist, not a saturated soil. And keep them moist, never let them dry out.
 
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Sorry, but I cannot for the life of me see those surviving. This plant needs expert care to survive in the UK. Hot and sunny weather is a must, and on top of that they rot at the roots very easily if they are too wet.
In November most things just stop growing unless you have a heated greenhouse.
Roll on spring, and welcome to the forum by the way :)
 

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