Papaya trees are grown mainly in South Florida and the warmer parts of Central Florida. The fruit has smooth thin skin on the outside, and orange pulp and round black seeds on the inside. Papaya trees can grow quite tall, though dwarf varieties are available.

Plant your tree where it will receive at least six hours of sun. In colder parts of the state, you can plant papayas in containers and move them indoors to protect them from freezing.

Papaya trees can be male, female, or a combination, so it's a good idea to plant at least two near each other to ensure pollination. Pick the fruit when it starts to change from green to yellow and let it sit on your counter for a few days before eating.

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