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Growing Papaya from Seeds

I always do some kind of research in my garden. Today I am going to tell you how easily you can grow papaya from seeds. I generally call it Papaya life cycle.
As we all know papaya is fat-free, cholesterol-free, rich in antioxidant, vitamin C and vitamin A.

There is no reason for growing papaya, so let’s start growing today.

Step 1: As we all know papaya is fat-free

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Bought papaya seeds, or you use seeds from locally grown papaya fruit.


Dig a hole half a meter across and fill it with a mix of good compost and soil. Now sprinkle on some of seeds. The seeds usually take about a couple of weeks to germinate, and may take longer.
sdbigguy2 years ago
I enjoyed your instructable. I am currently trying to grow a couple types of papaya. Some from store bought seeds and some from a great Hawaiian papaya I got in the store. I was told that papayas from Hawaii are irradiated for health reasons and the seeds won't grow. Well, out of about 100 or so seeds I have had 2 sprout. I will see what happens. Thanks again for the instructable!
bradm4 sdbigguy2 months ago


most (not all) Hawaiian papaya are GMO. You should not grow a GMO plant without taking a class, and buying seed from an approved vendor.

woofboy1112 years ago
Do you know what the secret is to getting fruit? I have seven papaya trees, grown from various store bought papayas. They are all between 1-4 years old now and every single one turned out to be male. Is there some sort of secret to getting a female tree that will produce fruit?
bradm4 woofboy1112 months ago

thats very unusual.

papaya growers use seed that should be almost all female and hermaphrodite.

sometimes temperature/climate can make a difference. might even be soil type or PH

try buying seed from University of Hawaii, and use a different potting mix...

$1 a pack., get the X-77

also, germinate only when very warm, or, use a heat-pad.

anhmytran09 months ago

When the papaya trees are at the 4th step, about 1-2 inches tall, pull each of them from the germination mix with your hand, and watch carefully at each set of roots. If there is a major root that runs straightly from the trunk to the tip in the depth, the tree probably (90%) is a male tree. Just cut away a half of the major root with a sharp pair of scissors, leaving other roots intact. It has 60% chance to grow into female tree. If there is no major root - all roots are forky, branchy from the end of the trunk -, it has 90% chance to grow into female tree. Keeping the soil rich nutrition and moisture increasing 10% the chance to grow into female trees.

iitian2 years ago
Papaya plants can be male, female, or bisexual, and you want to make sure that you have some females or bisexual plants amongst your seedlings. The male papayas don't bear fruit.

diff betwn Male & female plant
Male flowers have long, thin stalks with several small blooms. Female flowers are usually single blooms, bigger, and very close to the trunk.
sanorita (author) 2 years ago
Thanx for the apprication and hope your garden with full of papaya trees. All the best