Papaya trees are perhaps the easiest tropical fruit trees to grow in the Inland Empire. They are prolific producers and usually survive moderate frost damage. Papayas grow best in multiple plantings to ensure cross pollination. They are cold tender so please make sure to protect them from frost. The varieties we stock are described below.
Papaya originated in the lowland tropics of South America, but today you find papayas growing everywhere in the tropics and subtropics. It often grows wild, and every tropical food garden has several papaya trees.
Papaya is a perennial plant that grows in tropical and subtropical climates that have no chance of frost or freezing temperatures. Some species can grow as tall as 30 feet (9m), and most have attractive yellow-, orange- or cream-colored flowers. The plant's fruits may take on a variety of shapes, including pear-like or round, and are known for their sweet, yellow or orange flesh. Learn how to grow papaya for the best chance at healthy plants and a high quality fruit crop.
Growing papaya from seed is the easiest and most successful way to get started. Of course it's also the cheapest. You can grow papayas using seed from shop bought papayas.