Position: Papayas need full sunlight for at least six hours a day. Ensure they are planted in a location with adequate sunlight exposure.
Soil: Well-draining soil is crucial for papaya cultivation. Sandy loam or loamy soil with good organic content is ideal. The soil should have a slightly acidic to neutral pH level.
Water: Papayas need regular watering, especially during dry periods. However, they don’t tolerate waterlogged conditions. Water consistently, but avoid water stagnation.
Fertilising: Papayas are heavy feeders. Fertilise regularly with a balanced nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium fertilizer. You can also use organic compost to enrich the soil.
Pruning: Regular pruning helps maintain a strong and manageable plant structure. Remove dead or damaged leaves and thin out excessive growth to improve air circulation
Disease and Pest Control: Common issues include aphids, spider mites, and fungal infections. Use EM Control or Neem Oil to control pests, and practice good garden hygiene (throw diseased leaves into the dustbin) to prevent diseases:
Harvesting: Papayas usually start bearing fruit within 6-9 months of planting. Harvest when the fruit reaches the desired size and color. The skin should yield slightly to gentle pressure.