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 

Of Note:

  • 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.