The papaya is a nutritious tropical plant. It grows as a semi-woody herbaceous perennial with high-yielding fruits. This plant will yield more than 100+ black seeds.
Papaya leaf looks foot-shaped with 3 edges & dark green color. Leaves are soft, and simple with dark yellow veins & have many medicinal values.
Fruits are melon-like fruits in a cylindrical shape and each fruit weighs about 9 to 12kgs. Matured fruits range from attractive orange or deep yellow. Papaya fruit juice is used as remedies for indigestion & related problems.
100+ black seeds sprout from fruits. Seeds contain healthy fats, a good amount of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and mono-statured fatty acids. Seeds sprout 12-15 days after sowing. And the plants grow rapidly & produce fruits within six to 12 months of planting.
Unripe fruits should be always cooked before taking them. These unripe fruits are purposefully used for meat tenderization. Unripe papaya contains more papain content compared ripen papaya.
The Papaya is also called pawpaw & scientifically called Carica papaya belongs to the family Caricaceae. Flowers are dioecious five petaled appear white.
Loves to grow in well-aerated soil of a wide range probably of acidic pH.
And also this fruit plant grows well in a good organic potting mix.
This plant is a succulent fruit-bearing plant. So the water requirement for this plant is weekly once. Stop watering the plants in rainy seasons.
Requires direct sunlight of about 8-12 hours. This plant loves to grow in ample sunlight.
This plant placement is done in grow bags of suitable size or any suitable soil surface through protecting the plants from winds.
This plant requires good spacing of about 1.8 x 1.8 m. for all varieties.
The most commercial means of propagation is through seeds.
Cut off the shoots that sprout from the base of the tree. Not to prune main terminal branches.
The most common diseases & pests are mosaic virus especially leaves & mealy bugs.
Papaya benefits are enormous such as
The skin color of the fruit changes from dark green to light green with some bright yellow color.
Fruit yield depends on the varieties, soil, climate, and management practices.
Normally the fruit yield is about 800 kg/ha.
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