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Papaya- A full load of vitamins and minerals.

Papaya– Fruit of angles. Wow! It seems like we will talk about something magical.

Well, it is true. Papaya itself is called a magical fruit as it has many benefits. Indeed! it is a multipurpose fruit that is extensively considered an elixir of life. It is a tropical fruit that engrosses luscious and juicy pulp. It is from the “Caricaceae” family. The scientific name of this fruit is Carica papaya. Papaya is a fast-growing plant with high nutritional value. It has large leaves about 50-70cm wide. India is considered the largest producer of papaya.

The interesting fact about papaya is that it has many names worldwide. In Australia, it is known as Pawpaw. On the other side, in South Asia, called kepaya. Isn’t it interesting?

Hold on, there are many interesting things to know about papaya. Let’s move forward.

Botanically, papaya is a berry fruit.  It is about 15-45 cm long. There are many varieties of papaya fruit such as Honey gold, Sunnybank papaya, Kapoho papaya and many more. Individual variety of papaya has its own benefits.

It is considered as the largest fruit containing weigh around 18,805.84 kilograms.

This delicious fruit has tremendous benefits: let’s talk a little about it.

Benefits of Papaya:

  1. A moderate papaya size holds more than 200% of the vitamin c we need in a day.
  2. It is highly beneficial to boost our immune system.
  3. For the treatment of dengue, papaya leaf juice is highly beneficial.
  4. Papaya leaf juice is also used as a medicine for treating diabetes.
  5. Papaya is good for our skin.
  6. Papaya leaf tea is highly beneficial to treat several afflictions. Some countries consumed tea from papaya leaf as protection against malaria.

Propagation of papaya:

Propagation of papaya:

Papaya grows easier on the outside, perhaps if you want to grow this plant indoor. It requires enough space for the plant. Papaya needs a large container for better growth.

There are two ways to propagate papaya, either you can grow it from seeds or you can propagate it through seedlings. For seeds, it is important to wash the seeds well and soak them in the water for at least four days.  Refill the freshwater twice a day. Within a few days, you will see the damaged seeds will float on the surface. Remove them from the water. Keep only the viable seeds and put them in cotton fabric for 3 days. Let them wet completely.

When the white dots appear on the seeds, you can start the process of sowing. Sow the papaya seed ½ under the surface of the soil. Make sure, the distance between each seed should be 8 feet.

Care and maintenance of Papaya:

Sunlight: Papaya is a sun-loving plant. This plant requires 6-8 hours of direct sunlight for its stunning growth.

Temperature and Humidity: Papaya grows under humid and warm temperature. The leaves of papaya are damaged or killed if the temperature goes below 32 degrees. This plant does not tolerate a position near any window or cold weather.

Soil and Water: These plants require a massive amount of water. Papaya is made in about 85% of water. On the other hand, sand plays an important role in the growth of the papaya plant. It grows best in rich soil. Virtually, well-drained soil and retains moisture well. These plants do not tolerate an intemperate amount of wetness. While watering the plant, make sure that water could not stand on the top of the soil.

Fertilization: For the better growth of the plant, it is important to feed it properly. Papaya is a fast-growing plant that needs nutrition for finer growth. Feed your plant every few weeks for extensive results.

Providing all the conditions for the plant, papaya can enlarge from the seeds and have fruit in 6-12 months.

 

Note: If you are looking for papaya at your place. The best option is Red Lady. The fruit of Red Lady papaya is highly pulpy. You don’t need to go to two plants at the same time.