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Carica papaya 'Maradol Roja' - Cuba

"Red Maradol" is a Cuban dwarf selection with orange-red flesh. It is an early producing papaya, able to bear fruits in five to eight months, at low height. The tree itself is a bit "dwarf". Leaves are smaller and more divided than usual.

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Carica papaya cv. Maradol Roja is a Cuban dwarf selection with orange-red flesh. It is a very early producing papaya, able to bear fruits in five to eight months, at low height. The tree itself is a bit "dwarf". Leaves are smaller and more divided than usual.

The Papaya Tree

Papaya or "papaw" is a tropical tree native to Central America, known and grown in America since centuries ago. Now it is grown extensively throughout the tropics. Papaya trees have a single stem with a height that varies from 1,8-6 m (7-19 ft), on the top leaves are palm shaped with long petioles. Older trees will branch. Its sap is milky and toxic in its natural state. It contains papain a useful enzyme tenderizer and digestive. Papayas always have fruits and flowers at the same time. Fruits are soft with and their colour varies from green, yellow, orange or pink. Fruit weight is 0,5-2 kg but it can reach up to 9 kg (20 lb). The fruit has a smooth and inedible skin, and the flesh is yellow to rose coloured, aromatic, firm and smooth. Fruits are available all year-round. Mostly eaten fresh is also used in salads, salsas, smoothies and deserts.  It is not exigent with soils, growing in most soils or even in a big pot. It is a dioecious species, but artificial selection has originated hermaphrodite trees. Papayas are sensitive to frost but they are very fast growers.

What do we ship?

Here in Canarius we offer strong potted seedlings, a few months old, ready to be planted in the ground or in large pots. The size of this plant is: 15-30 cm in height. It is hard to predict the exact size of papayas because they grow very fast! We will try to find some resonably robust seedlings for you.

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Cultivation Protected
Plant origin America
Presentation Potted Plant
Max. Size 200cm-400cm
Botanical family Caricaceae
Light Sun
Minimum winter temperature 10 ºC to 15 ºC
Flowering Season Warmer Months
Plant type Woody
Color Red
Color Orange
Care Pot
Shape Trees
Shape Perennials