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Full Description (plant is 12 to 24 inches tall).
Papaya, a native to Central America and Mexico, is a fast-growing herbaceous plant, even if you grow it indoors and in containers. The flowers are flexy, waxy, and have five petals. The height of the tree can reach 10 to 12 feet. The fruits, on the other hand, can be two types – Mexican or Hawaiian. The ones that you can always find in supermarkets are Hawaiian papayas. It has a pear shape and has an average weight of one pound. When it is ripe, the outer skin turns yellow. The flesh, on the other hand, is bright pink or orange. meanwhile, in the case of Mexican papaya, the weight can reach up to 10 pounds. The flesh is pink, orange or yellow. Mexican papayas are easier to cultivate as against Hawaiian. For flavor, Hawaiian papayas have a stronger taste.
When it comes to growing papaya, one of the most common is through seeds. Before anything else, you need to treat the seeds, which will help in speeding up its germination. You can wash the seeds or immerse it in water for at least four days. When the seeds are ready, you can sow them directly in the soil. If you want things to be easier, on the other hand, it would be best to grow papaya from a young tree, which you can readily purchase from a local nursery.
Regardless of which you choose to propagate a papaya tree, one of the most important things that need your attention is the right choice of a container. Make sure that it is up to three times larger than the root ball of the papaya tree that you will replant. For a 5-foot tree, a 15-gallon container will be more than enough. You can start with a small container and change into a larger one as the tree grows.
Another equally important factor is the soil that you will use. A well-drained and a loose potting mix is the best choice. Fill half the container with soil, bury the root ball, and cover it with more soil. When it comes to pH level, meanwhile, the best would be anywhere from 5.5 to 7, which means that you will need a neutral soil. The presence of high organic matter is also important for a healthy soil. Lastly, it should be well-draining. Otherwise, it will end up soggy and will let the plant suffer from root rot.
Shipped in small pot wrapped with moist paper.