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Papaya carica 'Maradol' - Maradol Papaya

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

There's a dozen or so little papayas developing on my large and oldest plant (which is 7 years old now...that's old for a papaya plant). Typically papayas are cut down after 4 or 5 years. Photo taken July 26, 2011.

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Will you be replacing this one or leaving it be Delonix?

27 Jul, 2011



I will let it grow and produce papayas as long as it continues to do so. This is the only one of 8 original papayas plants which I planted in May of 2004. All the others I've cut down. I always continue to replace this is common practice with papayas.

I have a pot with dozens of Red Caribbean papayas seedlings growing. These will be planted in the ground very soon.

27 Jul, 2011


Mmmmm... Delicious. :o)

27 Jul, 2011


Yes, home-grown papayas are the best! Unfortunately, most people not living in the tropics/subtropics will never really know the true taste of a papaya (not unless they visit the tropics). Store-bought papayas are picked when very green and never develop the true sweetness of a home-grown, tree-ripened papaya. The home-grown papaya is very sweet, tasting almost like candy. The bland, tasteless flavor of the store bought papaya is the reason why I've heard so people say they hate papayas. It's very unfortunate!

28 Jul, 2011


Papayas we get here, are usually the small ones, but we do occasionally get the large variety.
They had them in Mexico, and yes there was a difference with the taste compared to what we have here. :o)

28 Jul, 2011



The small solo papayas are very good! I've grown many varieties of solo papayas here...they are a little more difficult to grow here in San Diego, because they're so very tropical.

Here's some photos of what my backyard used to look like when I had the "Papaya Forest".

29 Jul, 2011


Thankyou Andy.
Have just had a look. Fabulous. Wish we could grow them here. :o)

29 Jul, 2011


Thanks! :>)

Papayas are ultra-tropical. We're lucky we can grow them here in San Diego's drier subtropical climate. Papaya plants go semi-dormant in winter here (although, I do have fruit ripening in winter). In the tropics papaya plants grow and produce fruit all year.

30 Jul, 2011


Mmmmmm. Haven't had Papaya for a while. :o)

1 Aug, 2011


These papayas will be ripening by possibly Nov. You're more than welcome to some. :>)

2 Aug, 2011

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