The fruit of papayas is high in vitamin C. You can also pick the fruit when it is green and cook it like a marrow.
Female and male flowers do not grow on the same tree, so you must have male and female trees in the garden.
It is easy to grow the ordinary papaya tree from seed. Plant the seeds in December. Put 5 seeds to a hole. Do not put any compost or manure into the holes. Approximately two to five weeks after planting, some of the seeds will germinate, and emerge through the soil surface as seedlings. Once the seeds germinate, keep the small plants moist. Since paw paw trees are tap rooted, growth will be slow during the first year, but after that, very rapid growth occurs afterwards.
You can only tell which trees are female and which are male when the trees start to flower. Therefore, you should always plant more than one tree.
Papayas grow best in hot areas. They can tolerate mild frost if they are protected from cold winds.
Papayas need little water. They will, however, give more and bigger fruit if they are watered every 2 weeks in the dry season. The flowers will drop if they do not get enough water. Soil should be well draining though. Loamy soil is a good choice.
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