Melon tree, the so-called plant on which papaya fruits grow, comes from Central America and Mexico. Papaya does not tolerate sub-zero temperatures, even the lowest, therefore it grows only in the tropics. The plant is like a palm tree, but it is not. This tree is up to 15 meters high. The diameter of the hollow inside the trunk at the base is 30 cm, and the lateral branches are completely absent.
Growing papaya, or melon tree on a plantation (Carica papaya)
Papaya leaves are formed only on the top of the trunk and can grow up to 90 cm in length. Interestingly, the plant has male and female flowers. Moreover, flowers of only one gender often grow on one tree. But during high summer temperatures, the sex of the flowers can change from female to male and vice versa. Continue reading