Papaya shrubs (Carica papaya) come in two varieties: Hawaiian and Mexican. Hawaiian papayas yield pear-shaped fruit that weigh about a pound, while Mexican papaya are shaped more like a football, measuring up to 15 inches long and weighing as much as 10 pounds. At 3 to 4 pounds, the 'Red Lady' papaya is a high-yielding Mexican variety that can produce 50 to 120 fruits per plant each season. A semi-dwarf variety, it grows 20-30' tall with a spread seldom more than 10'. The large, deeply lobed, fig-like foliage is handsome and gives a tropical ambiance to any garden or landscape.
Papayas are extremely easy to grow in South Florida, needing only a location in full sun and a well-drained soil that is moist in summer and slightly drier in winter. For maximum fruit production, give new transplants a soil amended with organic compost, and fertilize established shrubs 3-4 times during the spring and summer.
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