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Carica papaya

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Papaya is a member of the Carica family. Its botanical name is Carica papaya.

The stems and bark can be used in rope production. The black seeds can be dried, ground and used as a pepper substitute. Both the leaves and the flesh of the fruit can be used in traditional and herbal medicines. This species has separate male and female plants.

Papaya is an edible fruit perennial, it will last at least up to several years in its native climate.

Papaya normally grows to a tree habit with a max height of 11.89 feet (that's 3.66 metres metric).

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Papaya have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Papaya

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Plant 1/2"-1" deep. Soil moderately moist 75-85°F . Can fruit from seed in 9 months.

Papaya plants prefer full sun and like to be dried between watering. Papaya trees like to grow against the house walls where there is more warmth. They like to be sheltered from wind. Excessive moisture are very detrimental to them.

Papayas do not tolerate salty water or soil.1

Enjoys a full sun position in your garden and remember to water moderately. Zone 9 to 12 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate).

See our list of companion Plants for Papaya to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Papaya from seed

Easy but may take weeks.

Transplanting Papaya

Papaya does not transplant well so start plants where they are to stay.2

Harvesting Papaya

Papayas are ready to harvest when most of the skin is yellow green.2

How long does Papaya take to grow?

These estimates for how long Papaya takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Papaya Folklore & Trivia

Carica papaya was the first transgenic fruit tree to have its genome deciphered.1

Other names for Papaya

Waimanalo Papaya, Papaw, Paw Paw, Pawpaw,

Latest Papaya Reviews

  • I have three big plants which need to be put in the ground soon. They are in pots and in the green house. I also have tons of seeds to grow more new plants.

    0 stars

    Kevalsha about growing Papaya
  • This Red Lady variety of Papaya is great! I’m not crazy about papaya, but this variety isn’t bad. My husband on the other hand LOVES it! He says it is the BEST papaya he’s ever had!
    My husband bought this variety at grocery store and liked it a lot, so

    4 stars

    Loratika about growing Red Lady Papaya

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