Saturday, April 25, 2009

Papaya Tree (Carica papaya)

I am willing to bet that everyone has heard of a Papaya Tree (Carica papaya) or Mamao before. If not, Papaya can grow anywhere from 20' to 30' tall and blooms all year long with very fragrant white flowers. Papaya should be planted 8' to 10' apart to allow room to grow. The fruit should be picked a few days early. I just planted mine in the ground back in March. It was about 4' tall and did not look so healthy. I planted it and started fertilizing and watering it regularly. My Papaya Tree is exploding now. Here are some pictures of my Papaya Tree (Carica papaya).

This is my Papaya Tree as of 3-23-2009.

This picture was taken 4-13-2009.

This is a close up of the bottom side of the leaf. Look closely and you can see a pesky caterpillar.

This is a close up of the top of the leaves.

I hope you enjoyed this post. See you again next time!


Pomona Belvedere said...

Fun seeing you papaya tree grow so fast, gives an idea of tropical gardening! (I suppose weeds grow fast, too, but there's no such thing as a perfect garden.)

Anonymous said...

I love it when papaya trees do that! I planted mine sometime around early april of 09. When I planted it it was about 4 feet tall and had about 3 leaves. It was not healthy. Now its around 5 and half feet and I've got 5 baby papayas!

Nice blog.

Effie said...

how long did it take to bare fruit?
I grew mine from seeds from Hawaii and my tallest one is 5' tall but no fruit yet. I discovered today a white fuzz ball green warm and I don't know if it will eat the leaves overnight....It's a very health plant and would hate to lose its foliage. If you have any info I would appreciate it