Exotic and deliciously edible, ‘TR Hovey’ is a dwarf habit papaya that was hybridized for hydroponic culture and is perfect for patio and home garden growing in pots. Papayas need sunny, warm growing conditions and the soil temperature needs to be 60°F or higher. ‘TR Hovey’ will grow quickly and produce ripe fruit in as little as one year’s time. Grow it inside in the winter and take it outside in the summer months. Fruit can start developing only 12” from the base of the plant.
Zone 9 – 11
Sunlight – Full Sun.
Growth rate – Quick.
Drought Tolerance – Good with established plants.
Harvest time – dependent on variety.
Years to Bear Fruit – 1st Year.
Evergreen or Deciduous – Evergreen
Chill Hours – To receive adequate light in the winter months, evergreen plants must be as close to a window as possible. North, East, South, or West is unimportant.
Papaya trees can be container grown! It combines delicious fleshy fruit with the health benefits of vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, potassium, and vitamin E. This tropical delight is sure to please. If you live in a colder area, simply bring it indoors for the winter months. All of your guests over the winter will be delighted by seeing such a unique tree growing in your sun room or living room. When the temperatures began to warm up, place it back outside in the hot summer sun. This exotic plant prefers warmer temperatures, 70’F-90’F, 20′-32’C, and enjoys most types of well-drained soil. Full sunlight, which will ensure the healthiest growth and maximum fruit production. Fruit yields can vary from 60 to 80 pounds depending on the size of the tree. The low-maintenance papaya does not need pruning to provide you with luscious fruit. The fruit has a thick green skin that ripens to gold. Inside the soft flesh is bright orange and the centre of the fruit is packed with black seeds. The juicy fruit has a musky aroma and a sweet and succulent taste. Even the peppery-flavoured seeds are edible. Ripe fruit can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Papaya is delicious straight from the tree and can also be made into drinks, jellies, pastes, and desserts dried or candied.