There was a time when papaya was considered as an exotic fruit because it was found in Mexico and Central America. The papaya fruit is actually a large berry and is also famous under the names Papaw and pawpaw. The tree can grow anywhere between the range 5-10m. One of the reasons why you must have a papaya tree is because of its ability to bear fruits within a span of 6 months, making it one of the fastest growing trees. Papayas are also flowering plants, they produce white flowers that have five petals each. The tree does not have branches, leaves grow on the petioles that are nearly horizontal. This tree is perfect for brightening your patio and not only do they add to your aesthetic, they bear luscious and wholesome papaya fruits.
Common name: Papaya
Scientific name: Carica Papaya
Maintenance: Moderate care required
Toxicity: Non-toxic even in high quantities
Alternate days. Water your papaya plant prodigiously. As the plant matures, frequent watering is required. Keep the soil slightly moist but not wet as that can risk root rot. Follow the rule of thumb and water the plant when the top one inch of the soil is completely dry.
Full sun. Provide full sun to your papaya plant or bright as you can. Papayas make a great patio plant for summer climates and will grow very fast.
Loose and moist. The ideal growing medium for papayas must be loamy and have an adequate content of organic matter with good moisture-retaining capacity and efficient drainage. Soil depth is also an important factor for root development. The soil that is more than a meter deep is suitable. Compact soil must be avoided and the rocks and debris that limit root development must be too.
Warm. The optimum temperature for growing papaya trees ranges from 68-90F. Low temperatures can lead to slow growth of the plant and higher temperatures can cause low production. Warm conditions with full sun are favorable.
Heavy feeders. Papayas are heavy feeders. Add plenty of aged manure or compost at the base of your plant, constantly at regular intervals.
Seeds. Our recommendation for you is to buy seeds from a quality source and to get a self-fertile bisexual tree. Most of the hybrid varieties are either bisexual or female- it is better to buy these. If you do not want to propagate your papaya trees through the germination of seeds, the best option is to buy young plants from a nursery nearby.