The T.R. Hovey Dwarf Papaya (Carica papaya) is a self-fertile variety that produces fruit that weighs up to 3.5 pounds. You can count on 40-60 papaya fruits each year! The T.R. Hovey begins to flower around 2.5-3 feet or 8-10 weeks after planting, and the fruit ripens 6 to 8 weeks after it sets. Learn more about caring for papayas.
Average mature height: 4 to 6 feet
Fertilizer: For the first 2-3 months, apply liquid fertilizer and then one pound of 4-8-6 granular fertilizer weekly.
Light: Full sun
Soil: Rich, porous, and well-drained
Spacing: 36-60 inches apart
Zones: 9-11 (Protect from freezing.)
Plant size. Our plants ship in 3-inch-deep pots when they are 3-6 inches tall so they can grow to maturity under your green thumb.