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Red Lady Papaya Tree

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Experience the lush Red Lady Papaya Tree, perfect for tropical bounty and easy home cultivation. Order online now for vibrant, juicy papayas.


Cold Hardy 25-30°
Container Plant Container Friendly (Recommend Container Grow in Colder Climates)
Growing Zone 9B - 11B
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Product Description

Red Lady Papaya: Elevate Your Garden with Tropical Bliss

About the Fruit

The Red Lady Papaya is a tropical treasure that brings an exotic flair to your palate. This vibrant fruit is famous for its buttery texture and a rich, sweet flavor that hints at melons and berries. Packed with vitamins and digestive enzymes like papain, it’s not only a delicious treat but a healthy addition to any diet. Perfect for smoothies, salads, or just relished on its own, the Red Lady Papaya turns every meal into a festive occasion.

What to Know About the Tree

The Red Lady Papaya tree is a fast-growing tropical gem that is both striking and productive. With its hollow, herbaceous trunk and large, palmate leaves, it’s a conversation starter in any garden setting. This semi-dwarf variety can reach up to 8-10 feet tall, making it suitable for smaller gardens or large containers. The Red Lady is known for her resilience to papaya ring spot virus and her ability to produce fruit within a year of planting. Self-fertile, with a striking presence, this tree is an alluring centerpiece that’s also incredibly rewarding.

Harvest Season

The harvest season of the Red Lady Papaya is a joyful time, typically starting within a year of planting and continuing year-round in tropical climates. In areas with colder temperatures, fruits ripen in the late summer through fall. These papayas are a delightful sight, with their sunset-hued flesh and green to yellow exterior, dangling amongst the large, tropical foliage.

Enhancing Your Fruitscape™

Imagine stepping into your backyard and being greeted by the lush, tropical ambiance of your very own fruitscape™. The Red Lady Papaya tree is an essential element for this paradise. Not only does it offer striking green foliage and mouth-watering fruits, but it also adapts well to decorative pots, making it a versatile choice for any fruitscape™ design. It’s a plant that marries ornamental beauty with the practicality of homegrown, nutritious fruits, turning your garden into a delightful retreat filled with tropical bounty.

At Just Fruits and Exotics, we guarantee a top-notch Red Lady Papaya Tree experience. Shipped 100% in pot for a seamless “as if you’re there” purchase, our superior packaging ensures the safe arrival of your plant. As a nationally renowned, family-owned business, we pride ourselves on being your trusted online nursery with a local, friendly vibe. Elevate your fruitscape™ with the Red Lady Papaya tree and relish the tropical lifestyle in your own backyard.

Cold Hardy25-30°
Container PlantContainer Friendly (Recommend Container Grow in Colder Climates)
Growing Zone9B, 10A, 10B, 11A, 11B
GraftedNo, on its own root system
Mature Height8-10 FT
Mature Width4-6 FT
PollinatorSelf Fertile
Spacing4-6 FT
SunlightFull Sun
Planting & Care
Fruitscaping with Papaya Trees

Papaya are one of the easiest fruit trees to grow. These beauties thrive in tropical climates year round and can be grown in pots in the more northern parts of the states. Getting the right variety is key to getting good fruit production. Many varieties are female or males but a few are self fertile and some are dwarf growers making container growing possible.

Papaya thrive on good soil and lots of water. Be sure to give they fast growers what they need to get into fruit as soon as possible. Heavy mulches of hay or leaves help keep the roots cool and moist.

Growers in tropical areas are able to harvest lots of tree ripened fruit, great in fruit salads, smoothies and ice cream. More northern gardeners get a few ripe ones before winter sets in, but lots and lots of green papaya. Green papaya are a staple to many Thai, Indian and South Asian dishes. They are used in salads and curries. We have found they make great potato chips if sliced thinly and fried.

You could not ask for a more tropical looking plant in the landscape than papayas. The large deeply cut leaves and huge cantaloupe size fruit that hug the trunk, scream South Seas Island. Pair with bananas and citrus for a beautiful tropical look.

Recommended Fertilizers for Planting and Maintenance
Growing Guide

Click here to find our Full Papaya Trees Planting and Growing Guide

Shipping Info

Shipping Restrictions

Unfortunately, We Cannot Process Orders to California, Hawaii, Alaska, or Internationally:  Please note that due to specific agricultural regulations, we’re unable to ship any plants to the states of California, Hawaii, and Alaska, or outside the United States. Additionally, citrus trees can only be shipped within the state of Florida.

Shipping Information

Before Your Plants Arrive: You can find many guides on unpacking, planting, & care, on our growing guides page.

The Journey From Our Nursery to Your Door:  We NEVER ship our plants bare root. Your plant will travel in the very container in which it was nurtured. We thoroughly prune and water them before packing, and make sure they’re well wrapped to retain moisture during transit. It’s as though you’ve personally collected them from our nursery!

Choose Your Ship Date: We understand you’ll want to be available when your plant arrives. Our checkout process features a handy calendar that allows you to choose the Monday on which you want your plant to ship. Depending on your location, you’ll likely receive your plant by Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday of that week. Once shipped, UPS will generate a tracking number and send it to the email you provided. You can then follow your plant’s journey and ensure someone is available to unpack it on arrival day.

Click Here To View Our Shipping Page For More Information & Packing/Unpacking Plants Videos

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