Papaya, Papita ( Grown through seeds ) - Plant

Papaya plants grow in three sexes: male, female, hermaphrodite. The male produces only pollen, never fruit. The female will produce small, inedible fruits unless pollinated. The hermaphrodite can self-pollinate since its flowers contain both male stamens and female ovaries.
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About Papaya

The papaya plant has an erect branch-less trunk 6-20 ft tall, and a palmlike head of foliage at the top. The trunk remains somewhat succulent and soft wooded, and never develops true bark. It is ringed with prominent scars from previous leaf stems and contains an acrid milky latex sap.

The leaves are deeply incised and lobed, up to 24 in across and borne on 24 in petioles. The five-petal flowers are fleshy, waxy and fragrant. There are three different tree types, female plants, male plants and bisexual plants. The female and bisexual plants are the only ones that produce fruit.

Depending on the tree type, this fruit is small to medium round or medium to large oblong shape. Fruit flesh is generally yellow, although some red and orange types exist as well.

Plant Specifications

Plant Height18 inch (46 cm)
Plant Spread 6 inch (15 cm)
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Papaya
Maximum Reachable Height 30 feet.
Difficulty Level Easy.

Planting and care

The best place to plant a papaya is on the south or south-east side of a house with some protection from wind and cold weather. Spread a 3-inch layer of organic mulch around the base of the tree, leaving an 8-inch gap between the edge of the mulch and the tree trunk.

Papaya care

Dig a hole about twice the size of the bag in which the young tree is growing. Remove the soil from the hole and add some compost and manure. ... Take the plant out of the container. ... Do not disturb the roots. Place the tree in the centre of the hole.

Sunlight Full sun.
Watering Because of shallow roots, growing papaya trees will not tolerate wet conditions.
Soil Well-drained soil.
Temperature Above 55 degrees F.
Fertilizer Provide young plants fertilizer every 14 days using ¼ pound of complete fertilizer. Fertilize older trees with 1 to 2 pounds of fertilizer once a month.

Papaya uses

Medicinal Use:

  • Being a good source of Vitamin A and Papain, this fruit helps in removing dead skin cells along with breaking down the inactive proteins
  • The best feature of papaya is its ‘Low Sodium Quality’, thus resulting in very little retention of water
  • In simple words it means, it helps you keep your skin hydrated
  • The application of finely grounded paste of raw papaya on the face for 25 minutes helps reduce those unwanted pimples and other embarrassing blemishes on the face

Culinary Use:

  • It is extracted from the tree and the fruit to make dietary supplements, and is also used as a major ingredient in some chewing gums
  • Apart from Papains, papaya is also a rich source of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium and magnesium; and fibre
  • The pulp of this fruit is also a basic component of many facial creams, and shampoos

Frequently Asked Questions

How to plant Papaya seeds in pots?

Select a seed variety to grow them in pots. For tropical plants such as papaya choose a nutrient-rich potting mix soil. You can prepare the soil by adding garden soil to the compost in the ratio of 1:2. Papaya grows well in loamy, sandy or rocky soils with a pH of 4.5 – 8.0. Make a hole and sow 2-3 seeds in each pot and cover the seeds with fine ayer of the soil. Water thoroughly and monitor the moisture levels by keeping the soil damp but not soggy. As it grows to increase the amount of water supply to the plants. Prefer full sun for better growth.

Why some Papaya plants fail to fruit?

The plant may begin to develop fruits, but the fruits drop from the plant when they are about golf-ball size. This is not because the plant is unhealthy or under growth stress. It is a natural abortion of a female flower that had not been pollinated and therefore failed to develop into a fruit. Papaya plants occur in one of three sexual forms: male, female, or hermaphrodite. These forms are ex­ pressed in the plant’s flower. Male flowers have no ovary and do not produce a fruit.

Can you plant Papaya in a pot?

Yes you can plant Papaya fruit in the pot.

Can Papaya tree survive winter?

Yes, Papaya can survive in winter

Can Papaya tree be grown in pots?

Yes you can plant Papaya fruit in the pot.

How to save Papaya tree in winter?

Keep your potted plant at a warm place to protect it from winter

How to plant Papaya tree?

Sunlight Keep the plant outdoor in direct bright light. Protect the plant from the afternoon direct harsh sunlight as it can cause damage to the foliage. Soil The soil should be well-drained and fertile rich in organic content. Watering Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture. Water when topsoil (1-2 inches) feels dry to touch. Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season. Application of Fertilizer During the main growing season feed the plant with organic fertilizer once a month. Loosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so it can uptake the nutrients and moisture easily.

Can you plant Papaya seeds?

Yes you can plant Papaya seeds

How do I plant Papaya seeds?

Select a seed variety to grow them in pots. For tropical plants such as papaya choose a nutrient-rich potting mix soil. You can prepare the soil by adding garden soil to the compost in the ratio of 1:2. Papaya grows well in loamy, sandy or rocky soils with a pH of 4.5 – 8.0. Make a hole and sow 2-3 seeds in each pot and cover the seeds with fine ayer of the soil. Water thoroughly and monitor the moisture levels by keeping the soil damp but not soggy. As it grows to increase the amount of water supply to the plants. Prefer full sun for better growth.

Is Papaya flowering plant?

Yes Papaya is a flowering plant

Where to plant Papaya?

You can plant Papaya outdoor where direct bright light is available.

What does Papaya plant look like?

A papaya has just a tall trunk with a crown of leaves at the top of it. The overall appearance is a bit like a palm tree.

Does Papaya tree have flowers?

Yes Papaya is a flowering plant

When to plant Papaya seeds?

You can during the months of June-July (monsoon), October-November (autumn) or February-March (summer).

How do you plant Papaya seeds?

Wash the seeds from a ripe papaya. Squeeze the seeds from the jelly bag that covers each seed. Dry them in a shady place.choose a nutrient-rich potting mix soil. You can prepare the soil by adding garden soil to the compost in the ratio of 1:2. Papaya grows well in loamy, sandy or rocky soils with a pH of 4.5 – 8.0. Make a hole and sow 2-3 seeds in each pot and cover the seeds with fine ayer of the soil. Water thoroughly and monitor the moisture levels by keeping the soil damp but not soggy. As it grows to increase the amount of water supply to the plants. Prefer full sun for better growth.

When to prune Papaya plant?

You can during the months of June-July (monsoon), October-November (autumn) or February-March (summer).

Do Papaya plants need sunlight?

Yes Papaya plant needs direct bright sunlight.

How many Papaya plants per acre?

1700 plants per acre at 1.5 x 1.5 m spacing



Reviews

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Nice plant. team is also always ready to help. Go for this if you are interested in buying a online plant. you wont be disappointed.

Neharika Daga

Saturday, 29 February 2020

excellent plant. needs quite a bit of care though.

Narendra Kumar Sharma

Wednesday, 05 February 2020

Great plant, great case, great packaging. If you are planning to buy please go ahead.

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