Pick the fruit when the skin starts to yellow as it will ripen after you have picked it. Handle it carefully because it gets bruised easily. Keep the fruit at room temperature to fully ripen.
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Papayas are tall-growing perennials with large hand-like leaves and are easy to grow. They require monthly fertilization and plenty of water, but can easily become water-logged causing root rot. They produces fruit year-round if conditions are favourable.
Common problems with Papaya
Black leafspot, papaya mosaic virus, anthracnose, powdery mildew, papaya fruit fly, two-spotted spider mite, and papaya whitefly. Phythphthora blight causes damping-off, root rot, stem rot, stem girdling, and fruit rot.
How to propagate Papaya
Sow seeds directly any time of year, but late summer is best. Sow 5 seeds per hole and space trees 2-3 m apart. Germination takes a few weeks.
Special features of Papaya
Papayas are heavy feeders and require regular fertilizing.
Other uses of Papaya
Culinary. Grown throughout the tropics for the edible fruit.
In some areas, papaya leaves are made into tea as a treatment for malaria but it is not proven to be effective.
The fruit, flower buds, seeds, and leaves are edible. The ripe fruit can be eaten raw, without the skin or seeds. The unripe fruit can be eaten cooked, usually in curries, salads, and stews.