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Papayas’ sweet taste, vibrant color, and the wide variety of health benefits they provide make them a popular fruit. ‘Red Lady’ is an excellent papaya for southern gardens or as a tropical container plant in the north. In cultivation, it grows rapidly, fruiting within 3 years.


  • Red Lady (Zones 9-11)

Care Instructions

In general, papaya trees should be planted in full sun and watered frequently for best growth and fruit production. Papaya plants grow and fruit well in well-drained soil types. Any climatic factor such as cool or cold temperatures, lack of water, high constant winds, or shade will reduce papaya growth and production. We suggest to keep your plant potted in a 10″ container so that it can be brought indoors when temperatures drop below 40°F.


Papaya Recipe

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Tropical Papaya Smoothie



1 cup milk

1/4 cup Greek yogurt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 small ripe banana, peeled + sliced

1/2 large ripe papaya, peeled, seeded + chopped

1 cup ice cubes



1. Combine milk, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, banana, papaya + ice cubes in a blender.

2. Blend until smooth.