My simple, to the point, growing papaya tree notes

Drawing of papaya tree

As far as I know, one of the fastest trees to fruit, also offers quite a visual display. The leaves are stunning with their size and shape and on top of that, only a few months after the seed from papaya fruit was planted, a five foot plant already produced numerous blooms along the top of the trunk. I think I'll stay a papaya-tree-fan for life... πŸ™‚

Following are my personal notes on growing and feeding these heavy nitrogen users.

  • leaves turn yellow due to iron or nitrogen deficiency
  • when leaves turn purplish or reddish, the tree is potentially low on phosphorous
  • papaya tree needs 5-foot area clear of competitor species around
  • cover the clear area around the tree with 2 to 6 inches of mulch
  • apply a complete fertilizer around the drip area of the tree in increasing amounts as the tree grows
  • complete fertilizer includes nitrogen, phosphate, potash and magnesium -therefore use:
    ~ compost with blood meal
    ~ fish emulsion
    ~ bat guano
    ~ manure or
    ~ 14 - 14 - 14 fertilizer

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Drawing of papaya tree

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​Quick access to the necessary supplies (click on the image to view details or purchase):

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