Papaya seeds sourced from Thailand. One packet contains 10 seeds.
Germination rate: 60 %.
Expiration: July 2018.
Full Height: 3.5 metres.
Minimum temperature: 13 °C
- The plant looks something like a palm tree, with a tall fleshy stem and a crop of leaves on top. They are fast-growing too, and will quickly shoot up in the right conditions, so are perhaps best grown just as a novelty plant for a single season.
- Ideally, sow in April but you can try at any time of year.
- Sow the pips in a pot of pre-watered compost, then put the whole pot in a plastic bag and seal the top. Put it on a saucer on a radiator or in a heated propagator (minus the bag) – the pips need a temperature of 24– 30°C to germinate.
- Remove the bag when shoots appear (within 2–4 weeks). The seedlings will grow quickly; they like plenty of sunlight and warmth but do not need the high temperatures they require to germinate. They are prone to fungal infections, so take care when watering not to get any water on the leaves.
Care of the plant:
- Re-pot the seedlings straight into their final pot – as large as you want to allow the plant to get – as they do not like disturbance. Keep them in a warm spot in bright sunlight and moist compost and feed them well. They will not need pruning.