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About Papaya

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.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Papaya
Maximum Reachable Height Up to 30 feet
Flower Colour Yellow, orange or cream
Bloom Time All year round (Varies according to climate and other basic things)
Difficulty Level Easy to grow

Planting and care

  • Avoid 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.

    Papaya care

    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.

    Sunlight Full sun
    Watering Low
    Soil Other than sandy and sticky or heavy clay soils, well-drained
    Temperature 25 to 35 degrees C
    Fertilizer NPK in the ratio of 10-6-10
    Harvest Season All year round

    Papaya uses

    Medicinal Use:

    • High nutritive and medicinal properties

    Culinary Use:

    • Raw fruit can be used in cooking and ripen fruit is in the use of juices and salad

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How to plant Papaya seeds in pots?

    To plant Papaya seeds in pots consider the following points 1. Use a pot with having a 7-10 inch upper diameter and drainage holes. 2. Fill the pot with well-drained soil. To sow seeds make a hole about 1 inch in soil, place seeds in it, cover with soil and apply water. 3. Maintain the moisture in soil by applying water if soil in a pot (1-2 inches) feels dry to touch. 4. Keep the pot at a location receiving indirect bright light. Seeds will germinate within two weeks. Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com

    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 undergrowth 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 that are male, female, or hermaphrodite. These forms are ex­ pressed in the plant’s flower. Male flowers have no ovary and do not produce fruit.

    Can you plant Papaya in a pot?

    Yes, you can plant Papaya fruit in the pot(7-10 inches).

    Can Papaya tree survive winter?

    Yes, Papaya can survive in winter(below 0 degree celsius will cause major damage to plant).

    Can Papaya tree be grown in pots?

    Yes, you can plant Papaya fruit in the pot having a 7- 10 inch upper diameter and drainage holes.

    How to save Papaya tree in winter?

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

    Can you plant Papaya seeds?

    Yes, you can plant Papaya seeds.

    Is Papaya flowering plant?

    Yes, Papaya is a flowering plant.

    Where to plant Papaya?

    You can plant Papaya outdoor where more than 6 hrs 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 plant Papaya seed during the months of June-July (monsoon), October-November (autumn) or February-March (summer).

    When to prune Papaya plant?

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

    Do Papaya plants need sunlight?

    Yes, Papaya plant needs more than 6 hrs of bright sunlight.

    How many Papaya plants per acre?

    1700 Papaya plants per acre at 1.5 x 1.5 m spacing.

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    • Papaya Plant Hybrid will it grow short in a drum or it requires to be planted in garden.

      Yes, it can be grown in small drum. Minimum recommended upper diameter is 18-24 inch and 15-16 inch height.