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May 10, 2020 7:25 AM CST
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Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b)
hi folks,
I have a papaya, red lady, that on the instructions it says to use 8-3-9 fertilizer, but not sure where I read, that papaya's should be given 14-14-14 fertilizers. The plant is in South Florida (Miami). I will obviously trust the instructions first, but wanted to understand why 14-14-14 is recommended, if indeed, that is also an option.

many thanks -- a newbie gardener :-)
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May 10, 2020 10:28 AM CST
Name: Luis
Hurst, TX, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
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Welcome to NGA, cosmini. Use something close to that. If you go to different local and mail order nurseries, they will try to steer you into their exact products that may be 8-3-9 fertilizer but just get something as close as you can, even a general purpose 14-14-14. I googled red lady papaya and found notes on ferts with 7-9-5, 3-6-6, etc. Botanical Growers Network mentioned 8-3-9. Just do not use Miracle Gro as they can have nitrogen in the 30s and that is too much. Do not exceed the amt of fertilizer by much to prevent root burn.


IFAS recommends 10-10-10 with trace minerals. Click below and then on their various links:

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May 10, 2020 1:59 PM CST
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Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b)
thanks bunches Luis, for the informative answer!
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