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Papaya Tree

Papaya Tree

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Many people consider Papaya to be the healthiest food on earth. They are highly nutritious and contain enzymes reported to help with digestive problems.

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Papaya Tree

The Easiest & Best Papaya to grow at home


The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back and to produce fruit.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you results the first full season.

1-2 ft.

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Sale: $29.98
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Patio Planting Kit
Patio Planting Kit

Our Patio Kit allows you to easily pot up your patio plant in a container with the soil and fertilizer your plant requires.

Your patio kit includes:
  1. 12in x 12in container - Perfect size for any patio plant. Made in the USA

  2. DIEHARD Transplant - Provides the optimal nutrition to start your patio plant off the right way

  3. 3 bags of Patio Planting Mix - This mix is specially formulated to give your patio plant maximum results.

Container Fert Tabs Patio Mix
12in Container DIEHARD Transplant Patio Planting Mix
Sale: $33.48
Planting Mix for Fruit Trees
Tropical Planting Mix

Specially developed to help your Tropical Plants get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Soil Contents
Sale: $6.98
Papaya Tree
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much need nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

DIEHARD Transplant
Sale: $4.48

Pick up to 60-80 lbs of fruit in a season!

Your Dwarf Papaya typically produces in the very first year.  It reaches a height of about 6-8 ft, not 30 ft like some Papaya varieties. So while other trees are growing taller, your tree is growing fruit. Plus, who wants to risk climbing 30 ft high?

Grow your Dwarf Papaya anywhere in the Country. If you're in zone 9-11 you can plant it in the ground, but will need to protect your tree from freezing. In colder areas... just pot in a container and bring inside for the winter. During your Superbowl party, you can walk on over and pick a fresh papaya for juicing.

This variety has a preferred flavor, aroma and texture. Even the peppery-flavored seeds are edible. Papaya is delicious straight from the tree and can also be made into drinks, jellies, pastes and desserts dried or candied.

Your Papaya tree is perfect for growing organically. It's naturally disease and pest resistant. Your tree likes to dry out between waterings, so avoid areas that stay soggy. This variety has a thicker skin, which guards against insects and keeps the fruit fresher longer. The green skin ripens to gold. Inside, the soft flesh is bright orange.

Your tree is self-pollinating.  So it produces all by itself. But, each tree will produce more with additional Papaya trees to cross-pollinate with.

This is the most Exotic and Attractive tree that we carry.  You instantly get a pleasing, tropical feel.

Go ahead and order your Papaya trees while they are available. You'll quickly start saving money and eating healthier.









Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors

Mature Height: 6-8 ft.
Mature Width: 4-6 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Great
Botanical Name: Carica papaya
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors
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It's Easy to Plant your Papaya Tree

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Papaya Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Papaya Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Papaya Tree again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Is the papaya tree male or female ?
A shopper on Jun 4, 2014
Best Answer: All of the Papaya trees that we grow are Female.
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How fast does it grow?
A shopper on Jun 3, 2014
Best Answer: I am a novice when it comes to tropical fruit trees and this papaya tree was my first. I did some research on the plant using YouTube and different websites to educate myself. I found out that only females are the ones that bare fruit, so if you have a male papaya plant it will not bare any fruit (sorry). I'm still trying to figure out what sex my plant is. I purchased it in February 2014 and the plant really hasn't grown that much but I believe it's still a young tree. My mother said it has to be about 5 to 6 ft tall to have fruit and as you can see in the pictures on Pam's website it is a tree. Sorry for the lack of information, I'm still learning! Good luck!
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when do you pick fruit off tree ?
don h on Oct 4, 2014
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When does a papaya tree set fruit?
A shopper on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: I don't know just when they will set fruit ... a gopher ate all four of my papaya trees when they were only 2 to 3 feet tall! But what I can tell you - which I didn't know to begin with when I ordered my first trees - is that you will need more than one tree to set the fruit ... you will need at least one male tree for every five or six female trees ... and you won't know what you are getting until they arrive and begin to flower. The male trees have a different kind of flower than the female. Check into this and you will see what I am talking about. Good luck with your papaya trees!
Reply · Report · CASSINA T on Jun 1, 2014
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do you ship to the caribbean?
eudeen h on Aug 23, 2014
Best Answer: No. Unfortunately we do not ship outside of the continental US.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Aug 25, 2014
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how much sunlight does the papaya tree need daily?
Glen D. on Aug 20, 2014
Best Answer: The Papaya Tree needs at least 6 hours of sunlight a day and prefers full sunlight.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Aug 22, 2014
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How long after I get my tree will it actually set fruit? I live in Southern California
Mike R on Jul 10, 2014
Best Answer: The Papaya Tree can produce fruit within it's first year, however sometimes these trees can take about a year to get used to their new environments and produce fruit during their second year.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 17, 2014
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If I buy from you, do you guaranty fruit or I need to buy also a male?
Hugo F on Jul 26, 2014
Best Answer: No you don't need a male to grow fruit. However, your growing region is VERY important to growing a mature tree. I DO NOT recommend planting the tree for the 1st year. Keep it a pot for as long as possible because the winter cold will kill it. In the pot, you can bring it in doors until the weather stays warm for long periods of time. DO NOT over water. DO NOT water directly into the potted soil. only add water when the water tray is bone dry (about every 3 -4 days
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Is this dwarf papaya a 'Lady Red'? If not, what type is it?
Jo F on Oct 14, 2014
Best Answer: Enter an answer to this question.
Reply · Report · Sovandaran G on Oct 15, 2014
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Due to cold weather in some parts of the country, we have suspended shipping to the areas that are shaded on the map below. Please view the diagram to determine if your area has been affected. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 2, 3 or 4. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date. If you live in a shaded area but wish to receive your product(s) now, please visit our contact us page here or call a customer service rep toll free at 888-504-2001.

  Zone Shipping Resumes
  Zone 2 May 1st
  Zone 3 May 1st
  Zone 4 May 1st
How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

Additional Info for Those Who Love to Read:

Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $8.95
$15.00-$23.99 $11.95
$24.00-$39.99 $14.95
$40.00-$79.99 $18.95
$80.00-$98.99 $23.95
$99+ 28% of order total

Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.