The Red Lady Papaya Tree is a tropical plant that produces as much as sixty to eighty pounds of sweet, succulent Papayas per season. Not only are they large producers, but the reliable Red Lady Papaya Trees can make fruit in their first year. The fast growing Red Lady Papaya can be grown in the ground in USDA Zones 9 to 11, or in a pot in Zones 4 to 11. Red Lady Papaya Trees grow to about twenty feet tall with a crown of leaves that is ten or more feet wide. They like full sun, plenty of water, and the umbrella-like trees add a tropical look to the edible landscape. Red Lady Papaya Tree leaves can be used for making tea, their fiberous trunks, leaves and stems make great mulch, and the dried leaf stalks are a quick-lighting kindling.
Red Lady Papaya Trees grow bunches of green fruit that form after blooms at the trunk top under the shady canopy of wide leaves. The ripe Papayas turn yellow and orange, and their flesh is orange, sweet, and contains many vitamins, minerals, and beneficial enzymes. Each fruit produces hundreds of seeds, so a few Red Lady Papaya Trees can be the basis for many future crops. Red Lady Papaya Trees are self-pollinating, naturally resistant to many pests, and tolerant of almost any type of rich but well-drained soil. They grow best in full sun with deep watering and heavily mulched soil to stop weeds and grass from forming at the tree base. Plant a few easy to grow Red Lady Papaya Trees and add a touch of tropical flavor to your edible garden.