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Papaya - Red Maradol

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Red Maradol is one of the easiest of the tropical papayas to grow in New Zealand if you have the space for a full sized papaya tree (grows to around 3 meters).  These plants have the ability to produce fruit at a low height on the plant and can ripen within 7 months of being transplanted. When fully ripe, the fruit will turn yellow-orange on the outside, with a red flesh, and average 2kg in size (depending on growing conditions). The leaves on this variety are also very ornamental. Red Maradol fruit are absolutely delicious, that taste significantly better than supermarket bought papaya, and are sweet and juicy. 

This is a tropical variety so needs full frost protection in winter, however it can tolerate cold if frost does not settle on its leaves. It is a top performer here at the nursery, and seems to tolerate some conditions that may have killed some other papaya varieties (over watering in winter, cold, and unobserved spider mite attacks).

Papaya - Red Maradol - flyingdragonnursery
Papaya - Red Maradol - flyingdragonnursery
Papaya - Red Maradol - flyingdragonnursery
Papaya - Red Maradol - flyingdragonnursery
Papaya - Red Maradol

Papaya Care Tips

Location: Papayas like to be warm with both sunshine and reflected heat, so the hottest place against the house where nothing else seems happy is an ideal location. They also like to be as free from wind as possible, although this is not as critical as their need for sun. Papayas can be grown successfully in shade, but the fruit is rarely sweet. They are best planted in mounds or against the foundation of a building where water can be controlled.

Soils: Papayas need a light, well-drained soil. They are easily killed by excess moisture. The soil needs to be moist in hot weather and dry in cold weather.  In addition to good drainage, plastic coverings to prevent over-wetting in winter may also be worthwhile. Papayas do not tolerate salty water or soil.

Irrigation: Watering is the most critical aspect in raising papayas. They should be kept on the dry side to avoid root rot, but also need enough water to support their large leaves. In winter the plant prefers to remain as dry as possible. A plant that has been injured by frost is particularly susceptible to root rot.

Fertilization: The fast-growing papaya requires regular applications of nitrogen fertilizers but the exact rates have not been established. Feed monthly and adjust according to the plant's response. They can take fairly hot organic fertilizing such as chicken manure if used with deep irrigation after warm weather has started. Phosphorus deficiency causes dark green foliage with a reddish-purple discoloration of leaf veins and stalks.

Pruning: Papayas do not need to be pruned, but some growers pinch the seedlings or cut back established plants to encourage multiple trunks.

Frost Protection: Papayas need warmth and a frost-free environment, but can often withstand light freezes with some kind of overhead protection. This can be provided by building a frame around the plants and covering it with bedding, plastic sheeting, etc. when frost threatens. Electric light bulbs can also be used for added warmth. Potted specimens can be moved to a frost-secure area. Prolonged cold, even if it does not freeze, may adversely affect the plants and the fruit.

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Judi Lee
Great service and great plant

I was so pleased to receive my Papaya plant so securely packaged and a good grade and quality plant. Thankyou and I am looking forward to being able to eat the fruit off it in a year or two.

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Rose Scott
Happy customer

Very well packed and couriers looked after my trees.
Good size trees and very happy and healthy growth.
Thankyou

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Josh Edgcombe

Good package very good plants thanks 👍

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Michael Lange
Papaya

Fantastic Trader, will Trade with again

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JK Foo
I couldn't ask for more!

All good.
Excellent Plant that brings back my childhood memory.
Excellent Packaging and Services.
Keep up the great work!