Latin Name: Carica papaya
Growth Structure: Narrow Tree
Light Requirement: Partial to Full Sun
Water Requirement: ****
Description: Hawaiian papaya that is very flavorful and very productive. Grown by us at The Growing Home and these air-layers have been taken from our most productive trees. Will fruit almost immediately on short trees. Trees are already flowering in the pots. Green papayas can be eaten as vegetables.
Forget the papayas you've had from the grocery store, they taste nothing like a homegrown, actually ripe papaya. Papaya is VERY easy to grow and grows VERY rapidly. Unlike most fruit trees that require 4-5 years to fruit, papaya will fruit in the 2nd year. Papaya likes full sun, plenty of moisture (good candidate for greywater), and plenty of nutrients. Grows up straight like a palm tree and then branches in 3rd year onward. Can grow to 20 ft, but has narrow canopy.