Mexican Papaya

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Fresh, Juicy and Easy to Grow Mexican Papaya

  • Mild, Sweet Fruit
  • Fast-Growing
  • Easy Care

Papaya is one of the most refreshing fruits you'll find. But did you know that Papayas are also one of the easiest fruits to grow? As a native to Mexico and Central America, the Mexican Papaya (Carica Papaya 'Mexican') thrives in the warmest regions of the United States. If you're lucky enough to live in one of these balmy planting zones, do yourself a favor and order one of these today!

Mexican Papaya trees grow quickly with tall and attractive stalks. Because these are so delicious, you'll be happy to hunt through Papaya's canopy of fabulous large leaves to look for these delicious fruits. The hardest part is waiting for them to become ripe!

This tree produces a cluster of fruit right beneath the leaves. These large fruits start small but soon swell to an impressive size. Some Papayas grow up to two pounds! As they turn from green to yellow-green, it's time to harvest these juicy fruits. Let them ripen for a few days on your counter and you'll soon have a succulent treat!

If you love fruit that's isn't mouth-puckering sweet, you'll love Papaya. Beneath their yellow skin, you'll find flesh the color of cantaloupe. Papayas are lightly sweet and rich in Vitamin C.

What does a Mexican Papaya tree look like? You know one when you see one. They're best known for their distinct markings left by previous leaves and their segmented leaves that sprout only at the top of the tree. The Mexican Papaya blooms as spring transition to summer with small blossoms beneath their large, highly dissected leaves.

Plant your subtropical beauty where it can bask in the sun. These will survive temperatures down to 35degrees. Provide it with protection from the wind. Their trunks are mostly hollow, so they're vulnerable to breakage. They thrive in moist soil that is well-drained. Provide supplemental water as needed.

Add Papaya to your tropical fruit garden. This attractive plant makes a bold statement wherever you plant it in your garden bed, too.

If you find yourself thirsting for a pleasant fruit that is easy to grow and can satisfy your hunger for succulent fruit, order your Mexican Papaya now!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 19.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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Mexican Papaya Is Suited to Grow in Zones Outdoors 10-12(Indoors 4-11)
Growing Zones Outdoors 10-12(Indoors 4-11)
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Carica papaya
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 10 feet
Mature Spread 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Color Evergreen with Yellow Vines
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Fruiting
Fragrant Yes