Where can I buy a papaya tree?
Posted 01 January 2011 - 04:33 PM
Yorba Linda, CA
Posted 01 January 2011 - 06:09 PM
If you buy a papaya at the grocery store, the seeds will very very readily germinate. And, from seed to 5 ft might only take a few months.
I grew some from seed a number of years ago and from May to November they went from seeds spit out of a fruit to trees that were 10-12 ft tall.
Palm Harbor, FL 9b/10a
Bokeelia, FL 10b
Posted 01 January 2011 - 06:38 PM
Dry summer subtropical/Mediterranean
warm summer/mild winter
Posted 05 January 2011 - 08:13 AM
Sea Level | Average Temperature Range 23 - 32 deg. celsius | Annual rainfall 3400.0 mm
Sea Level | Average Temperature Range 19 - 33 deg. celsius | Annual rainfall 1600.0 mm
Posted 05 January 2011 - 08:57 AM
Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)
10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)
9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)
Posted 05 January 2011 - 10:17 AM
Temps between 29F and 115F each year
Posted 05 January 2011 - 10:24 AM
You can certainly get any fruit tree in any nursery in an asian community like in the San Grabriel Valley (including). Here's one in East L.A. next to Monterey Park, called Mimosa Nursery. 323-722-4543 that have it.
Posted 05 January 2011 - 01:11 PM
As is becoming evident, you're better off getting small plants for papayas. There are a number of varieties with different ripening times, fruit color, size, etc. I've seen them all over the place, including Lowe's and Home Depot. They might be hard to find now, since they're definitely a warm-weather plant, but, it's worth the look.
They're easy to grow from saved seed, but some varieties won't come true, which might be good, or might not (play the genetic lottery!)
Be very careful to make sure they have perfect drainage. They'll rot fast if they get wet feet. If you have heavy clay, plant them in well-amended mounds of soil. They also benefit from warm sun hitting the roots in the winter time.
They're all over the place in Mexican neighborhoods, even in Guada La Habra, right up the road from you.
The big problem is that once a papaya grows tall, it gets too hard to harvest the fruit, so most people just keep new plants coming along and cut big ones down. (If you've got a fruit picker, you can let them grow to 20 feet or more, which they will.)
Also, keep in mind that a papaya isn't really a tree, but a large herbacious plant. That distinction can be important if you hit the trunk with overspray from Roundup. A woody trunk with heavy bark, like a pecan or orange, no problem. A green stem (even a fat one) can absorb a chemical like that with bad results, unless you want to kill it . . . .
Let us know what you do, and what happens. Your shared experience will add to the body of knowledge, which will be good for all of us. (Particularly if you prove the experts wrong about something!)
Let's keep our forum fun and friendly.
Posted 05 January 2011 - 02:10 PM
Zone 9b pine flatlands
humid/hot summers; dry/cool winters
with yearly freezes
Posted 06 January 2011 - 08:53 AM
I'm looking for a larger (5 foot plus) papaya tree. Where can I find a big one in So Cal?
I have many years experience growing papayas. Most varieties will grow very quickly if seeds are planted directly planted into the ground - usually growing 3 to 5 feet within one summer. The 'Solo' types seem to grow the fastest, although they need to be replaced every 3 - 5 years. My experience with Mexican varieties is: they grow slower, live longer and bear fruit over a longer period of time. Most Hawaiian 'Solo' and Mexican 'Maradol' varieties are available for sale in larger sizes at Home Depot and Lowe's stores.
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