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PlantFiles: Papaya, Mamão
Carica papaya 'Maridol'

Family: Caricaceae
Genus: Carica (KAIR-ih-kuh) (Info)
Species: papaya (puh-PIE-yuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Maridol

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive greenman62 On Mar 25, 2013, greenman62 from Kenner, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Grows in New Orleans (Kenner) great in the summer. Needs a lotof water when its very hot, but carefull...
Make sure drainage is good, they hate constant wet feet, especially if it is cold.
I threw a tarp over the roots when it rained in the winter, and coldest we got was mid-40s at night.
If the sun is out the next day, and it is semi-warm,and roots are not saturated, it will liven up again.
They do like lotsof organics. They love fish ferts and chicken droppings.
cover ground with compost.

Small plants do not transplant well. The roots are very tender.
Wet first and wait 20 mins before transplanting, disturbing the roots as little as possible...

There is a coating over the seeds to keep in moisture. break (pinch or prick with a pin) the coating for faster germination, or leave it on to make sure the seed does not dry out.

I know some people growing it in warmer parts of Calif, though some have grafted to root-stock of Babaco, or mountain papaya.

Positive BayAreaTropics On Dec 17, 2008, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

Seed started in Feb 08,planted in ground mid summer,are still looking good in mid December handling low 40's upper 30's so far. Time will tell here in the San Francisco east bay.

ADDED,2015. Well,those in 2008 never made it past January.
BUT- I tried again this year 2014-2015,and for the first time ever I got them through a bay area winter outdoors. The ones in ground look perfect,the potted Maridols,dropped most foliage but look to be re growing new leaves.
Slow growing. The best I got was 1' a summer! So,no fast growth unlike most of the southwest and southeast..or any hot summer climate.
The trial continues..and so does Global Warming since all previous efforts in the 80's- 2008 had failed.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hayward, California
Kenner, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Austin, Texas

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