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Before growing your papaya tree, keep in mind that female and male flowers do not grow on the same tree, so you must have female and male trees in the garden.
Papaya trees grow in warm climates, but can also grow in colder climates as long as frost does not reach them and they are well protected from strong winds.
Depending on the climate, a papaya tree will start to bear fruit withing 6-11 months. It will take about 6 months in a tropical region, or up to 11 months for a more temperate region. Fruits will be ready when the outside turns yellow and it will ripen once it is picked off.
GROWING PAPAYA FROM SEED:
Female flowers will be bigger. Closer to the branch than male flowers.
Male Flowers: Male flowers will be very small. There will be a lot of flowers which will grow on long stems.
Since only female trees give fruit, they will need male trees to pollinate them. Make sure you have 1 male tree for every 10 female trees.
Papaya trees do not need much pruning, but you can prune from the top so the tree doesn't grow too tall.