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Papaya Tree

Carica papaya 'Red Lady'

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Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
(hardy down to 30℉)

Growing Zones 9-11 outdoors
4-11 patio
9-11 outdoors

You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

6-8 ft.

Mature Width:

4-6 ft.


Full Sun


5-7 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Harvest Time:


Fruit Color:


Year to Bear:

1-2 years

Botanical Name:

Carica papaya 'Red Lady'

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The Easiest & Best Papaya to grow at home

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.

Papaya Tree Pollination

Papaya Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Papaya Tree will drastically increase the size of your crop.

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Customer Reviews

4.2 / 5.0
32 Reviews
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papaya fruited in just over 2 months
I ordered one 1 -2 ft papaya and received it the end of June, 2014. I do not have any other papayas, but I did have it in a pot outside sitting by 15 citrus trees. I am in zone 8. Around the first of Sept, I noticed 3 small papayas. One was about 3 inches long and the other 2 were about 1 1/2 inches long when we got a really big wind storm. Two were knocked off, but I still have one. Since I have only had this plant 3 months, I am extremely pleased. I will take it in this winter and decide about what to do with it next spring.
October 11, 2014
Papaya tree
I purchased my papaya tree March 2014. It has been seven months and I have my first papaya growing. The tree was pretty small when it arrived. It had two small trunks. Once it started growing it took off. It has grown to a little over five feet.
October 21, 2014
Growing Zone:
Delicate tree for transportation
Love my papaya tree. It has also begun to flower as well. This tree during deliver requires more care then the hardier trees. Branches can easily break in transit.
November 9, 2014
newark, NJ
Growing Zone:
Papaya tree
I received my papaya tree looked ok wasn't sure if it would survive . It arrived with two skinny trunks . One of the trunks didn't look healthy and has since died . The other trunk looks healthy so at least I have one . I hope it survives . Seems to be doing well.looking forward to getting some papayas next year.
September 7, 2014
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
papaya fruited in just over 2 months
I ordered one 1 -2 ft papaya and received it the end of June, 2014. I do not have any other papayas, but I did have it in a pot outside sitting by 15 citrus trees. I am in zone 8. Around the first of Sept, I noticed 3 small papayas. One was about 3 inches long and the other 2 were about 1 1/2 inches long when we got a really big wind storm. Two were knocked off, but I still have one. Since I have only had this plant 3 months, I am extremely pleased. I will take it in this winter and decide about what to do with it next spring.
October 11, 2014
Tropical Fruit Trees-From Florida to California
Excellent quality arrivals with good growth spurt.
They need to be well protected in the Autumn.
Do you have some device for protecting them from the Frost?.
Overall, 09/10..
Thank you.
July 26, 2015
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
needs better packaging
The tree arrived with no leaves as all the leaves had fallen off during shipping. So the packaging could definitely be better. The tree was also smaller than expected. Luckily the tree has been growing slowly and now has leaves again. It will be years though until I get any fruit from this tree.
November 13, 2014
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
fast growing
We purchased our papaya tree this spring. It arrived with two trunks and a few tiny leaves. One of the trunks died a few days after planting and the leaves dried, but soon after that the plant started new leaves. After a week or so, the papaya started to grow rapidly, in less than 2 months after planting the tree is already about 4 ft tall, with a canopy of healthy green leaves, and the trunk is about 2 inches thick.
That is why my overall rating is 5/5. I don't expect the plant to look perfect when it arrives, but to do its best after planting.
July 14, 2015
Papaya in Massachusetts???
This tree is fun. Fast-Growing Trees warned that it might lose folage but would recover. That's true. It has been growing beautifuly and is exotic. I've had it several months.
July 28, 2015
Warwick, MA
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
replaced plant for a hardier plant
if I got another one I would start it in a pot first before transplanting it. so it could get used to this climate. Very hot this year and muggy. It was in great condition when i bought it. followed all directions just didnot make it. They replaced it right away. In this area where I live friends across the steet can plant plants I cannot I can plant plants they cannot? We need to check our soil befor planting I did not do that. I would highly reccomend this( plant was beautiful )I . many people have them in pots. My zone is 9a but the wheather here does get frost and then warm then frost again? Crazy wheather.
July 27, 2015
over 2 years ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Papaya Tree

Papaya Tree Planting Diretions

Choosing a location:When planting your Papaya tree place them in an area that gets plenty of sunlight, lots of water and has good soil. Papayas do best in rich soil that is high in organic matter. It thrives in subtropical and tropical climates. These are easy to grow but try to avoid temperatures that go below 32 degrees. Make sure your planting location and soil has good drainage to avoid root rot.

Planting instructions (for potted papaya):
1) Choose a container for the papaya tree that is two to three times larger than the root ball. A 24 inch container holds a 5-foot tree; adjust accordingly to the proper sized container. Wash the container with a mild soap and water and allow it to air dry.
2) Place the container in the spot you wish to grow the papaya tree, or have a dolly available to move the container once the papaya tree is replanted. Depending on the size of the container, it may be too heavy to move easily.
3) Fill half of the container with a lightweight potting soil. Place the papaya tree's root ball in the center of the container. Pour additional potting soil around the root ball until the container is full within 3 to 4 inches of the top. Make sure the tree is positioned in the middle of the container; push the soil down firmly to make sure it does not move out of position.
4) Water the tree thoroughly but do not allow water to stand on top of the soil. Keep the soil watered every three to four days to avoid moisture-stress of the tree.
5) Place a layer of mulch over the top of the soil to preserve moisture and keep the roots of the tree at a steady temperature.
6) Feed the tree every three to four weeks with a water soluble-fertilizer that contains equal portions of nitrogen, potassium and phosphate -- such as a 10-10-10 formula. Follow the manufacturer's directions to mix the fertilizer with water; do not apply too much.

Planting instructions (in ground):
1) Plant your papaya plant where it will receive full sun, away from power lines and other trees.
2) Amend clay soil with organic matter, like peat moss, to improve drainage. Do not amend the soil with compost and do not fertilize.
3) Dig out the amended soil in a hole 3 times the size of the container of the plant. Fill the hole back up until there is a space slightly larger than the container.
4) Place the root ball in the hole.
5) Fill the hole the rest of the way with the native soil and tamp it down then water the tree deeply.
6) Soak the soil at least 8" down. Wait about a half hour after you've finished and then dig down in the soil with your trowel. If it's not wet 8" or more below the surface, you either haven't watered enough or you watered too fast and the water ran off elsewhere. A gentle soak for an hour or 2 is better than puddling soil around your plants and moving on.

Watering: Watering is the most critical aspect in raising papayas. Water the papaya plants around the root zone. Papayas need plenty of water to grow tasty fruit, but the plants do not tolerate wet feet (saturated soil). To avoid overwatering the papaya, water deeply only when the top 1 inch of soil dries. If the soil isn't moist 8 inches below the surface you'll need to water more. In the winter season the plant prefers to remain as dry as possible. A plant that has been injured by frost is particularly susceptible to root rot. In the summer they can handle all the water you can give them provided the soil drains well.

Pollination: Papaya does not require a second tree for pollination because the male flowers on the tree can pollinate the female flowers on the same tree. However, papaya trees will provide a better fruit yield when there is an additional tree close by. Both insects and wind patterns move pollen between flowers of different papaya plants.

1) Put on gloves and safety glasses before pruning a papaya tree. The latex sap of the papaya may cause skin irritation in sensitive individuals.
2) Remove broken or dead leaves and their stems with anvil pruners or loppers. Use anvil pruners on small stems, under 5/8 inch in diameter. Loppers are usually used on larger stems, under 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
3) Prune all branches, removing them completely. The papaya generally doesn't develop branches unless the stem is damaged.
4) Cut off any shoots sprouting from the base of the papaya. If the papaya tree is several years old and fruit production is slowing, allow one shoot to grow after the harvest, usually in September. In the spring, remove the main stem and stake the shoot, encouraging it to become a new, fruiting stem.
5) Revitalize a papaya tree that's grown too tall by cutting the main stem off in the spring, 3 feet from the ground. Cover the remaining stem with a garbage bag to protect it from water or rain. Several shoots will quickly sprout from the base of the papaya. When the shoots are 1 foot tall, select the strongest shoot as a new main stem. Remove all the other shoots.

Fertilizing: Papaya requires regular applications of nitrogen fertilizers monthly. They can take fairly hot organic fertilizing such as aged chicken manure if used with deep irrigation after warm weather has started. Phosphorus deficiency causes dark green foliage with a reddish-purple discoloration of leaf veins and stalks.

Harvesting: The fruit is a type of berry. It is ripe when it feels soft (as soft as a ripe avocado or a bit softer) and its skin has attained an amber to orange hue. Generally, fruit is picked when there is 1/5 to 1/3 color change in the fruit. After picking, keep at room temperature to fully ripen. Ripe fruit will keep 4 to 7 days in the refrigerator.


Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Fast growing, this is my second time ordering this tree. The first one was devoured by a deer.
Walter M on Aug 16, 2017
I spent 20 years in Africa as a missionary.I developed a great taste for good tasting papaya.I'm excited to try to grow one myself.
Bob C on Jul 29, 2017
Fast growing, this is my second time ordering this tree. The first one was devoured by a deer.
Walter M on Aug 16, 2017
dwarf kind of papaya, easy to move indoor as needed
VAN C on Aug 14, 2017
I spent 20 years in Africa as a missionary.I developed a great taste for good tasting papaya.I'm excited to try to grow one myself.
Bob C on Jul 29, 2017
My wife likes the fruit.
Joseph G on Jul 27, 2017
my husband loves papayas, and spends lots of money on them.
Julie E on Jul 25, 2017
David A on Jul 21, 2017
i overwatered my last one and the roots rotted. I want to try it again and I'll pay better attention to not too much water.
Leaza D on Jul 18, 2017
prefer vs. planting seeds
Eddie F on Jul 3, 2017
Tropical flair in my backyard sounds great, especially since this is a dwarf version that I can bring indoors for winter. Delicious fruit and usually expensive in the store.
Ayora on Jun 24, 2017
It is a dwarf that is self fertilizing. It is also orange and ready to fruit. It can grow in a pot & grows in colder climates.
Robert C on May 20, 2017
I am a native of a tropical place and hence love this fruit
Monica a on May 10, 2017
went to hawaii
lawrence v on May 9, 2017
I love papayas, had some fresh when I was traveling and they don't compare to what you can get in the stores here in the Austin area. Decided to grow my own so I can enjoy the wonderful taste ripe from the tree.
Patricia D on May 4, 2017
Looks good so far growing well in the bay area of CA. Seems like it likes the weather :)
ILANIT R on Sep 22, 2016
Love the fruit
Carlos D on Sep 14, 2016
Does not occupy large space
Solomon L on Sep 5, 2016
the one that we grew from seed is not producing fruit after 3 years
Nick E on Aug 22, 2016
Gorgeous tropical leaves!
Jason S on Aug 15, 2016
I absolutely love eating papayas but it is so difficult to find them in stores due to being seasonal and shipped from other countries. I wanted to grow my own to put in my smoothies and in other recpes.
CHRISTINE C M on Aug 14, 2016
Very sensitive..mine did not last 2 weeks
Thomas H on Mar 21, 2016
Perfect alternative, a Papaya tree that I can keep in a container on the patio.
John R on Mar 17, 2016
love it
Salah A on Mar 4, 2016
I live in zone 8 but love Papaya. I am building a green house and already have several citrus trees and banana plants. I bought two and hope the fruit will taste like the papaya I ate in Hawaii.
Will P on Mar 2, 2016
They r a great source for you're workout.
Mark G on Feb 29, 2016
Want to grow my own papayas, this type of tree is not available locally that I know of. Hope it grows in this Hot desert area !
Michele G on Feb 9, 2016
My wife loves papaya and since we don't usually find them at the store I am looking forward to having our own throughout the year.
Quint S on Feb 8, 2016
The reviews from other customers were generally very good. We have limited space and this size tree is perfect. With the fertilizer and root stimulant, along with the warranty, the overall price was still reasonable and the risk of losing the tree seems minimal. All in all a reasonable bargain.
Ken H on Feb 7, 2016
Heard Paw Paw trees would grow in our area.
Paul B on Jan 27, 2016
Love papayas and it growing only 8-10 ft tall is a plus as it will have to be secured to a stable object as the weight of the papaya fruit can break the trunk.
martha_sadie on Jan 14, 2016
many uses
Leonard A on Jan 5, 2016
We love fresh from the tree ripe Papaya. Store bought just doesn't have the sweet delicious flavor.
Terry A on Dec 19, 2015
wanted this fruit tree lovethis fruit but not successful
loyd w on Nov 25, 2015
Gift for my florida Family.
Maria C on Nov 3, 2015
Because I love Papayas and want to try to grow my own.
Armella W on Oct 25, 2015
produces 1st year I hope
Steve P on Oct 22, 2015
My papaya arrived with 3 pairs of good sized leaves. After planted following instructions, it lost all the leaves, Looked badly for 2 weeks, but now is growing three new pairs of small leaves . Looks it survive.
adriana M on Oct 5, 2015
for the fruit
Anthony Z on Sep 21, 2015
love to eat oranges and the weather is great here in florida to grow
sam e on Sep 8, 2015
I love papayas. This will grow in my house.
Guinevere B on Sep 5, 2015
This is my second such tree. If nothing else its is such a beautiful tree. I am so happy I just purchased another for my neighbor.
Donald C on Aug 27, 2015
tropical looking and great accent to the yard as well as nice fruit, easy to care for.
SCOTT H on Aug 19, 2015
dwarf kind of papaya, easy to move indoor as needed
VAN C on Aug 14, 2017
My wife likes the fruit.
Joseph G on Jul 27, 2017
Is the papaya tree male or female ?
A shopper on Jun 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I thought they said it was both male and female. As per the description.
What causes the upper leaves of the tree to turn yellow and the tree to die?
Lincoln S on Nov 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Too much water! The roots are very thin and almost "threadlike" They are very susceptible to root rot. Keep the soil MOIST but not wet.
whats the best fertilizer for this plant to make grow faster?
Gustavo V on May 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I used a cactus mix as soil. Papayas need a light, well-drained soil
Use a nitrogen fertilizer. Frequency to be determined by Plant reaction.
Phosphorus deficiency causes dark green foliage with a reddish-purple discoloration of leaf veins and stalks.
Love your papaya trees!
can i grow this plant in richmond va without risk in the winter time? the papaya tree
Gustavo V on Apr 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 9-11. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
How fast does it grow?
A shopper on Jun 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I grew up in Asia where papaya trees abound and they grow up a lot faster than most trees. From what I remember, you have a full grown tree in less than 3 years.
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!
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.
i read somewhere that i have to get a female plant to get fruit from this tree, it is this true?
Gustavo V on Apr 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Our Papaya's are hermaphrodite, meaning they have both male and female parts on the same flower.
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.
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.
Do you have dwarf papaya tree seeds for sale?
Jack Z on Dec 16, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We only sell the trees, not the seeds
can I plant a papaya tree in Yorktown heights ny 10598?
francesco i on Dec 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The outdoor growing zones are 9-11. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Is this dwarf papaya a 'Lady Red'? If not, what type is it?
Jo F on Oct 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes it is a Red Lady.
Can it grow outdoor in Utah through the winter?
Nhon D on Jul 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely not. Your tree will be frozen dead within the 1st week. The trunk of the tree is like a celery stalk full of water and will freeze. You'll need to keep it at a MINIMUM temperature of 60 degrees and away from ANY possible frost damage throughout the winter. Plus it will still need sunlight (greenhouse).
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
Can you plant seeds that come out of the papaya to grow the tree?
Patricia T on Jun 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have never tried it but my mother has with great success. She lives in North Long Beach. Believe it or not she simply throughs them into the planter that is located just out side her Bach door. When they get to about six inches she transplants them into a six inch pot and gives them to her friends
Is this papaya a GM plant?
Lindon D on Oct 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Our plants are non-GMO
what is the actual variety of the papaya tree?
Michael M on Jun 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We offer Red Lady Papaya, a high-yielding Mexican variety that is semi-dwarf and produces fruit averaging about 3-4 pounds.
What fertilizer is best used for optimum growth? And how often?
Kari R on Jun 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I used whatever they recommended but no growth nor fruits as they claimed
how large are the fruit on the papaya trees?
zepguwl t on Sep 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The fruit is about 15–45 cm (5.9–17.7 in) long and 10–30 cm (3.9–11.8 in) in diameter, weighing form 2-5 pounds.
how cold can it tolerate?
kirk w on Jul 4, 2015
This papaya can be planted in the ground in zones 8-11 and patio planting 4-11.
How can tell papaya male or female ?
Lap H on Jun 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Our Papaya Trees are self-fertile so they can produce by themselves. Male Trees do not produce fruit. The flowers on a male will look like elongated bells on trumpets. Female trees have flowers that produce papaya fruit after they are pollinated. Female flowers can be white or yellow in color. They are large flowers in size but short. I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you additional questions we can be reached at 1-888-504-2001.

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