Tropical Dwarf Papaya is a fast growing papaya
it only reaches 3- 5 feet but bears fruits as large as 2 lbs in 6-8 months from seed.
Its a great container plant.
Mix the seeds, with a handful of peat moss.
Spread the mix evenly over a tray containing 3 to 4 inches of a good planting mix. Cover that with ½ inch of the same mix. Cover with Cling Film until they break the surface, keep the soil medium damp not wet.
Sprouting takes from 15 days to six weeks or longer for some strange reason. Bottom heat always helps. Prick the seedlings out when they are about 2 inches tall and transplant into 4-inch containers in a potting soil that is drained well. You will lose a few to damping off. Don’t plant in the ground until the soil temperature is at least 55 degrees F; 70 F is better.
Papayas like to be warm with both sunshine and reflected heat, so the hottest place against the house where nothing else seems happy is an ideal location. They also like to be as free from wind as possible, although this is not as critical as their need for sun. Papayas can be grown successfully in the shade, but the fruit is rarely as sweet. They are best planted in mounds or against the foundation of a building where water can be controlled.
Good sources of Vitamin A & C, high in dietary fiber, potassium, carotenes
Health benefit and Uses
Protect colon cancer, its digestive enzymes cure sport injuries