Papaye

Papaye

Carica papaya or Papaya is a tree from central America that produces an edible fruit, the papaya, for which it is now grown all over the world in tropical regions.

It produces a single straight trunk, without ramifications unless the trunk is cut. The leaves grow in a crown at the top of the trunk.

This species is very easy to sow from seed which you can collect from a papaya fruit which is widely available in supermarkets and stores.

Does not resist frost, has to be kept inside during winter.

Synonyms:

Papaya carica, Papaye papaya

Common names:

Mamon, Papaya, Paw Paw, Pawpaw, Tree Melon

Origin:

Central America: Mexico, north of South-America.
Unknown in the wild, except in secondary forests. Has been grown from before meso-American cultures for its fruit.

Usage:

The fruit is eaten green or ripe, as a fruit or cooked as a vegetable.
Dried seeds can be ground and used as a substitute for pepper.
Papaya is used in medicine for a variety of applications.

Carica papaya foliage

Carica papaya foliage

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10, 0 °C

Soil:

Rich and moist

Height:

6 m



Flowering:

Usually male or female plants, some are hermaphrodite.
Flowers are small, white and waxy. Male flower are about 1-2.5 cm, female flowers about 5 cm.

Propagation:

Seed

Exposure:

Sun, light

Carica papaya tree

Carica papaya tree

Germination:

A few days to a few weeks

Sowing instructions:

  • soak for 1 day
  • sow in light mix
  • 25 °C

Care:

  • needs abundant watering and fertilizing

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