Florida Papaya

Heirloom tomatoes are hard to grow in South Florida. We’ve struggled to grow them here. But Papaya sure isn’t. The trees are actually a large herb. They:

  • are fast growers
  • produce heavily
  • require little attention
  • yield fruit most of the year

Like many tropical plants, papayas produce a copious amount of latex to protect themselves and their immature fruit from pests.  And it works most of the time.

But as the green fruit just begins to change color, latex production diminishes. And it’s time to harvest them and let them ripen inside.

If left on the tree to ripen, some papaya loving creature will get them first. Because everything down here likes ripe papaya.

This year, our crop was so heavy the limbs required bamboo supports to prevent them from falling over in the wind.