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Mexican Papaya

Mexican Papaya's are one of the most popular tropical fruits and one of the easiest to grow. Large fruit that can weight over 4 lbs. are produced in clusters just under the canopy of the tree. The skin is smooth and colored in an attractive mix of green, yellow, red, orange and pink. The flesh is red to a mix of orange and yellow. The flavor is sweet and rich with a slightly musky taste. The fruit is popular for fresh eating, sliced or mixed into salads.
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USDA ZONES: 10-11 Outdoors, 5-9 Patio
 
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Mexican Papaya requires a pollenizer. You must plant one of these trees nearby (within about 50') for the tree to produce a crop of fruit.

Description

Carica papaya 'Mexican'

Mexican Papaya's or Maradol Papaya's are one of the most popular tropical fruits and one of the easiest to grow. Large fruit that can weight over 4 lbs. are produced in clusters just under the canopy of the tree. The skin is smooth and colored in an attractive mix of green, yellow, red, orange and pink. The flesh is red to a mix of orange and yellow. The flavor is sweet and rich with a slightly musky taste. The fruit is popular for fresh eating, sliced or mixed into salads. The many ways Mexican Papayas are prepared is almost limitless. Great in Salsas, cooked into popular central and South American dishes, prepared in smoothies, ice cream, and jams. Also dried to use at a later time. The Mexican Papayas are a most nutrient rich food source and all parts of the Papaya are eatable from the skin to the seeds. The fruit is harvested firm and allowed to ripen to soft ripe at room temperature at which time the fruit is consumed. Very sensitive to cold weather the Papaya needs a consistent warm climate to do well outside. Typically zone 10. The plants also need perfect drainage as they do not tolerate any standing water around the roots. Papaya's make the perfect house plant with the beautiful foliage so make good indoor outdoor plants in pots in colder climates The Mexican Papaya requires a male pollinator. It is best to plant 3 plants to ensure pollination.
Characteristics
Fruit Color:
Red-Orange
Ripens:
-
Sun/Shade:
Full Sun/Partial Shade
Water Needs:
drought tolerant
Soil Type:
well-draining
Soil pH Level:
pH of 7
Tree Size:
Papayas can be planted outdoors in close plantings of three trees in one hole. Plant 2 to 3 feet on center in a triangle.
Years to Bear:
2
Pollination:
Self Pollinating
Bloom Color:
Cold Hardy:
to 32° F
Primary USDA Zone Range:
10 - 11
Secondary USDA Zone Range:
5 - 9
Chill Hours:
None
Size & Spacing

Papayas can be planted outdoors in close plantings of three trees in one hole. Plant 2 to 3 feet on center in a triangle.

Space groups 5 to 8 feet on center.

Planting & Care
Papayas grow fast, plant them in a well drained location in zones 10 and 11 that has good air movement. Water regularly to get started and then back off. If planting for indoor outdoors, plant 3 #1 plants in a 16 inch pot spaced in a triangle. Provide a sunny location in the summer and a bright sunny window or heated enclosed patio or greenhouse in the winter. The Papaya is a beautiful house plant with the most attractive foliage.
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