fruit - Knowledgebase Question

moutain view, Ca
Question by pedroribeiro
July 20, 2009
Can I grow papay in my back yard? I live in the bay area, I know in the winter the plant may dead, but can I keep inside the house in worm temperature?


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Answer from NGA
July 20, 2009

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Papayas have exacting climate requirements for vigorous growth and fruit production. They must have warmth throughout the year and will be damaged by light frosts. Brief exposure to 32? F is damaging and prolonged cold will kill the plants. Cold, wet soil is almost always lethal. Cool temperatures will also alter fruit flavor. On the plus side, Papayas make excellent container and greenhouse specimens where soil moisture and temperature can be moderated. In a nutshell, yes you can grow papaya in a container and take it indoors during the winter months.

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