The Papaya is a small, sparsely-branched tree with cool deeply-lobed, palm-esque leaves. The leaves are enough reason to have this plant as it’ll most likely not fruit inside. Doesn't matter, we like it.
Light: Full sun
Water: Even moisture
Environment: Grown in zones 10–12; moist, well-drained soil; heavy feeder with fertilization
Toxicity: Unripe fruit can be toxic; no other information available
Habit / Size: It’s actually considered a tree, though its trunk reads as a palm; grows fast and can often produce fruit after the first year in native climate
- The genus name comes from the botanical name of the Ficus carica due to the species' leaves or fruits resemblance
- They normally have a lifespan of about five years or more in good conditions.
*When planting in a pot without a drainage hole, help avoid over watering by estimating 25% of the container’s overall volume, with appropriate drainage materials incorporated when planting.