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Carica papaya 'Maradol' growing in San Francisco Bay Area

Carica papaya 'Maradol' growing in San Francisco Bay Area (Carica papaya 'Maradol')

This was an awesome sight to see a tropical papaya loaded with fruit in Hayward, CA. This tree is very difficult to grow there (I tried many times when I lived there)...however, the last two years the weather has been extremely mild to warm in the SF Bay Area. Photo taken Feb. 28, 2015.

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Ah! FANTASTICO! I think I've seen that yard. Is that near Palma Cia? You know very close to there a Cherimoya plant got huge. That I posted on Daves Garden last year.
The one above is reveling in the reflected tropical "heat" of Hayward.

7 Mar, 2015


What surprised me so much was that it was covered with so many large fruit! It is in Palma Ceia on Tampa. The south-east exposure is obviously perfect for this plant. I'm guessing the fruit will be ripening in spring.

It's going to be interesting what the long-term survival of this papaya plant will be in the Bay Area. How are your papaya plants doing?

Cherimoya trees are very common in the Bay Area.

7 Mar, 2015


It has to be a Maridol. They are the most common at the markets here now.
Mine look fine. Its my first success with them since I started trying in the 80's. All my previous attempts died by December.
This Dec-Jan-Feb average was about 65f and 48f. Maybe the mildest ever.
The Cherimoya there HUGE. It has to be 25' at least. I thought a 10-12' footer also near there was big until I saw that.

7 Mar, 2015


Sunday I'll drive by.
Get this- my Delonix seedlings? Somebody took every one in the ground. I have some rentals and that's happened before. Somebody who's a "friend" of theirs takes cuttings or even plants every few months. Its my best spot for own private yard is far too shady.
Part of landlord life.

7 Mar, 2015


That's horrible! I can't believe someone would steal your Delonix seedlings. They looked so good, too. Hopefully, you can get grow more seedlings. I used to grow and sell many seedling. I think I'm going to grow them again this year.

9 Mar, 2015


I found it. !...I talked a bit to the owner. He said he planted it last year. I see them at HD and Regans in gallon cans,I just never thought they would survive here. I'm still amazed.

I told him he did a fantastic job..his friend was like "Impressed over that?"lol. Non plant people.

9 Mar, 2015


Great! That's good growth for one year. I'm guessing it was a couple of feet tall when he planted it.

Maradols and Hawaiian Solos are sold here at most nurseries. The first Hawaiian Solos and Maradols I planted were purchased from Home Depot when I moved into this house. One of the Maradol papaya plants lived and produced well for about 10 years. They should be replaced every 3 or 4 years.

My favorite papaya tree I would see every day going and coming home from work, the owners cut down. I sadly never got a photo of this gorgeous tree! (I could kick myself!) :>(( It had dozens of giant leaves and most likely had over 100 papayas on the trunk. I can't imagine why anyone would want to cut down such a productive and beautiful tree!

I do have many papaya photos posted on GoY.

11 Mar, 2015

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