Papaya plants are usually planted by direct seedling in the field. Place 5 or more seeds in each hole; then cover with ¼ inch of soil. When fresh seeds are used, seeds will germinate in 10 to 14 days after planting.
What is the best way to grow papaya?
To grow good papayas you need a frost free climate, lots of sunlight, lots of water and very good soil. If you can supply all of the above you can pretty much stick some papaya seeds in the ground at any time of the year, and six to ten months later they will start fruiting.
How many years does a papaya tree take to bear fruit?
Most healthy, established papaya trees (Carica papaya) bear fruit seven to 11 months after planting. Their fruiting is influenced by a number of factors and may be delayed or prevented entirely depending on the plant and its environment.
What is the best month to plant papaya?
Papaya is planted during spring (February-March), monsoon (June-July) and autumn (October-November). A spacing of 1.8 x 1.8 m. is normally followed. However higher density cultivation with spacing of 1.5 x 1.5 m./ha enhances the returns to the farmer and is recommended.
What is the lifespan of a papaya tree?
Giant arborescent plant to 33 ft (10 m) tall; generally short-lived although may live up to 20 years; initially single trunked but may form secondary shoots with age. Papaya plants have no secondary growth (i.e., wood). Leaves are palmately-lobed and short-lived, 6–8 months.
How much water does a papaya tree need?
Papayas need little water. They will, however, give more and bigger fruit if they are watered every 2 weeks in the dry season. If they are planted in clay soils, make sure that the soil does not stay too wet.