Papaya prefer warm weather full sun and loose well drained soil. Adding too much organic material to the soil has the opposite desired affect on papaya trees. Nearly sandy soil with small amounts of organic material worked into the soil will yield the best results. Fertilize with a 10-10-10 3-4 times per year when the tree shows strong summer growth. During the winter months in colder climates its best your plant be stored indoors Papaya dislike cold wet feet so watering should be discontinued until the following spring. The TR Hovey is well suited for container growth. In warmer climates papaya can grow 15' per year and yield 100+ fruit in a single season, there growth habit is more weed like than fruit tree. Either in northern or southern climates papaya can be enjoyed by all. A must have for every tropical garden.