Latin Name: Carica papaya
Growth Structure: Narrow Tree
Light Requirement: Partial to Full Sun
Water Requirement: ****
Description: Mexican variety of papaya that grows very large basketball size papayas. Collected by Farmer Rishi on a trip to Baja California.
Forget the papayas you've had from the grocery store, they taste nothing like a homegrown, actually ripe papaya. Papaya is VERY easy to grow and grows VERY rapidly. Unlike most fruit trees that require 4-5 years to fruit, papaya will fruit in the 2nd year. Papaya likes full sun, plenty of moisture (good candidate for greywater), and plenty of nutrients. Grows up straight like a palm tree and then branches in 3rd year onward. Can grow to 20 ft, but has narrow canopy.