Papaya is a popular fruit famous for its high nutritive and medicinal properties.
Papaya plants can be male, female, or bisexual. Papaya is a perennial plant. Rarely, the seeds fail to germinate because seed viability is completely lost in about 50 days. The seed rate is 250 to 300 gm/hectare. It comes to fruit in a year.
A tree can produce 25 to 40 fruits weighing 30 to 60 kg in the first 20 months.
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
|Maximum Reachable Height
||Up to 30 feet
||Yellow, orange or cream
||All year round (Varies according to climate and other basic things)
||Easy to grow
Planting and careAvoid sandy and sticky or heavy clay soils.Apply fertilizer twice a year, first at the beginning of monsoon and second in the later part.For the attack of spider mites, aphids, grasshoppers use the prophylactic sprays.
It grows in tropical and subtropical climates. Select a sunny and sheltered place in your garden. You cant start them in pots as they prone to damage while transplanting. You can start sowing in the spring, monsoon, and autumn.
Dig a hole half a meter across and fill it with a mixture of compost and soil. The pits are filled with topsoil along with 20 kg of farmyard manure, 1 kg neem cake and 1 kg bone meal. Sprinkle few seeds and cover lightly with potting mixture. A spacing of 1.8 x 1.8 m is ideal.
||Other than sandy and sticky or heavy clay soils, well-drained
||25 to 35 degrees C
||NPK in the ratio of 10-6-10
||All year round
- High nutritive and medicinal properties
- Raw fruit can be used in cooking and ripen fruit is in the use of juices and salad