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.
Papaya carica, Papaye papaya
Mamon, Papaya, Paw Paw, Pawpaw, Tree Melon
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.
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.
USDA Zone 10, 0 °C
Rich and moist
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.
A few days to a few weeks
- soak for 1 day
- sow in light mix
- 25 °C
- needs abundant watering and fertilizing