PAW PAW Carica papaya
Watch Video NEW Also known as the papaya these fast growing trees can commence bearing within 12 months of planting. Paw paws are often cultivated as garden trees due to their attractive shape, manageable size and large tropical looking foliage as well as the delicious fruits they produce. Native to southern Mexico and Central America, paw paws are now commonly found in tropical and sub tropical climates where they are very easy to grow and are highly productive trees for about 5-6 years. The three types of Paw paw can all be distinguished by their flowers. If you are growing the male and female paw paws one male will happily fertilize seven females or more, bees are the main pollinator so they will need to be able to fly between trees.
Fruits take 60-120 days to mature and will need a long warm summer to fully ripen. In warm climates fruits will ripen all year round and healthy trees can produce 30kg of fruit a season.
Paw Paw - RB3 Bisexual Red
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Fruit Harvest Months in Australia
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Customer Comments on Paw Paw
Mine is a single red bisexual variety. Grown against an Eastern facing wall, it weathers Winters quite well. Prolific bearer, likes good water and heavy feeding. Lopping produces multi-stems. Green fruit can be eaten as a vegetable. Very sweet when ripe. | David White - Newcastle, NSW 03-Jun-2006
I believe Pawpaw is a little grown North American tree with fruit somewhat like the Annonas. The kinds you list here seem to be papayas, which are not synonymous with the term pawpaw. However, a real pawpaw can grow in temperate climates also! | Matt Morgan - Dallas, TEXAS 12-May-2008
Pawpaw - Red RD2 Hybrid
I am growing the Bi Sexual Red Pawpaw in my Aquaponics system. It is growing amazingly well setting fruit just 10 weeks from seedling. | Murray Hallam - North Maclean, QLD 05-Jan-2009
The name Paw paw also refers to Asimina triloba. I was disappointed to find this article about papayas under the paw paw name. Essentially I agree with Mr. Morgan's view. | E. Griffith - Berkeley, CA 27-Jul-2009
Here in Oz we call them paw paws! Just tasted my first homegrown bisexual paw paw (papaya) and was amazed how much better tasting it was compared to the insipid paw paws that are common in supermarkets. Very sweet with a wonderful aftertaste. | Happyearth - Wollongong, NSW 17-Oct-2009
Grow from seeds, planted densely in a garden bed. This ensures a mix of male, female and bisexual plants. Let them grow into each other as a natural form of grafting. | Carl Ramirez - Kensington, NSW 15-Feb-2011
Papaya - Col de Monte
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