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Papaya carica 'Maradol' - Maradol Papaya

Papaya carica 'Maradol' - Maradol Papaya (Papaya carica 'Maradol' - Maradol Papaya)

My ripe Maradol papaya before I picked it today. Luckily, I got to it before the birds did. This papaya tree (plant) is 7 years will have to be cut down soon. Unfortunately, it doesn't produce the quantity of large fruit it used to because of its age. Photo taken May 7, 2011.

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I'd love to be able to wander into the garden and pick a papaya! they are not cheap to buy in the UK.

8 May, 2011



A home-grown papaya is worth it's weight in gold. It's so much better than the store bought papayas. I have 5 different papaya varieties growing in my yard. This year I'll have to plant several you probably already know they only bear well for about 5 years.

8 May, 2011


I love papaya's but as Rbtkew say's they are expensive

9 May, 2011



I can imagine. Papayas have a very short shelf life...and they have to imported from the tropics.

9 May, 2011


Oh this is making my mouth water......

9 May, 2011



It should, because this variety is sweet like candy. :>)

10 May, 2011



11 May, 2011


Beautiful colour did you cut it down Andy.

19 Aug, 2017


I think it collapsed back in 2013. It was 10 years old. Papayas don't typically live long. Papaya is a short-lived herb, even though, most people think it's a tree. Because it can grow to 25' or taller.

19 Aug, 2017


That's a shame it collapsed how strange they don' live long, shocked its a herb not a tree. Wow that is tall.

19 Aug, 2017


Papayas get attacked by many bugs and since it really doesn't have any hard wood (even though it appears that way) it gets eaten to the point where the trunk sometimes collapses. Sometimes it just rots. It's a high maintenance plant. It's recommended to replant them every two to five years for best fruit production. The one above produced fruit very well for 10 years.

20 Aug, 2017


So sounds that the trunk is fleshy. You were lucky then with this one giving you crops for 10 years.

21 Aug, 2017


It's funny, the trunks look like wood. This is why people call them papaya trees. It's soft wood. The bugs still can eat them, though.

21 Aug, 2017


Yes it does looks hard . So papaya means soft wood that would be great for carving then. Shame the bugs eat through them.

21 Aug, 2017


No, papaya is the species. LOL! :>))

Carica papaya is the Genus and species.

It's herbaceous, that why it called an herb.

Here's a pic of a larger plant that I took back in 2008.

22 Aug, 2017


Lol silly me ? Andy yes I understand now you 've explained.

Thanks I shall take a peek.

22 Aug, 2017


Plants can be very complicated. :>))

23 Aug, 2017


Can't they just ?

24 Aug, 2017

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