FAMILY: Papaya

USES: Fruit and its evocative leaf shape. Does well as a fruit tree, silhouette, espalier, container plant, near pools and lakes, streams, patios, courtyards and as a shade tree.

SIZE: Grows 2-3m tall with a 3-4m spread.

LOCATION: Full sun to partial shade. Does well in coastal areas and in protected humid locations in the interior regions. Protect from direct sea and desert winds.

SOIL: Best in an organically enriched free draining fertile soil with a pH 5.6 – 6.7 acidic to neutral.

FERTILISER: Apply a slow release 14:14:14 NPK every three months during the fruiting period.

WATER: Fruit requires a consistently moist soil. Does not accept over irrigation or waterlogging which will quickly lead to rot.