Papaya 'Long red'
Tall papaya with beautiful long fruit, excellent taste (the best) with minimal seeds. Best planted on loamy mounds well prepared with manures. Plants are male or female, remove most of the males. Male plants have a long, branching flower. Females have a smaller flower with small fruit that will set upon pollination. The birds love the fruit, as we are an organic farm we leave a couple of trees for them to devour. They are a creature of habit and will return to the same fruit (mostly) if left on the tree. Bagging fruit may also help or picking when colour change and ripening indoors. Wrapping in paper helps, keeping fruit at room temperature until ripe then refrigerating.
- Time - All year
- Sow - 1cm deep - Seed sown in pots and planted out at 1.5m apart
- Bed type - Raised beds, Loamy and fertile, well manured
- Watering - Drip or spray
- Position - Sunny
- Harvest in 6 months