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Papaya

Irrigation

The perennial plant, although widespread, originates solely from the American continent and is classified in the small family grouping of the Caricaceae. This evergreen is highly appreciated for its typical and exotic shapes and especially for the fruit produced, succulent, fresh and tasty. It will be sprayed generously and consistently during the spring and summer seasons, even several times a week, and the wetting must also continue for the rest of the year, albeit in a less intense and frequent manner. This does not mean that the watering work is lacking in complexity: the Papaya, in fact, has a delicate root system and suffers considerably from puddles and stagnations of water in the growing medium, which, consequently, must always present itself perfectly. dried up.

Cultivation


The Papaya will be able to be placed in open spaces in our country with great difficulty, by virtue of the prohibitive climatic conditions in the winter season. Conversely, it can be hospitalized inside containers in suitably protected spaces. In both hypotheses, however, a soft earth must be prepared, equipped with organic substances and adequately drained, by means of sandy, gravelly and peaty components. The perennial plant will not have to be subjected to complex pruning operations, but the simple removal of the parts by now compromised as torn and withered will be sufficient. On the other hand, the repotting works will prove to be difficult, to be carried out only when strictly necessary and with extreme caution, in consideration of the tenuous root system.

Fertilization


Wherever the placement takes place, the evergreen will be fertilized with fair constancy, in order to take the correct nutrients needed. Fertilization must be carried out especially in the warm period, until about early October, as well as moderate in the autumn and winter seasons. Solid fertilizers should preferably be used, characterized by prolonged and deferred release, preferably organic manure-based. Alternatively, liquid fertilizers can also be used, dissolved in the water of frequent spraying. The chosen fertilizer must contain a significant pre-eminence of potassium and nitrogen elements to the detriment of phosphorus ones, in addition to the presence of precious microelements, among which manganese assumes importance and importance.

Papaya: Exposure and Diseases


The characteristic tropical plant will need a very bright and sunny habitat, with direct exposure to sunlight. Instead, it will suffer from its location in shady spaces and the abrupt and violent flows of air. The climatic conditions must be, as far as possible, warm and mild and, if the temperature drops considerably, it will be advisable to protect the plant with suitable materials and move it, if in a container, in a heated environment. Finally, the perennial evergreen will normally be free from attacks by insects and parasites, however it may not sporadically be threatened by mold and rot at the roots, attributable to the inefficient drainage of the soil. The need to correct the environmental humidity will then arise, in addition to the proper use of a specific fungicide.

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