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Characteristics: Fruiting Tree
Seed per packet: 5
Red Army is a hybrid bisexual variety if Paw Paw (papaya) that can set fruit when plants are around 80 cm in height (in around 4 months rather than 15 months)
Produces high yields of large fruits with sweet and juicy red flesh.
Being bisexual it means they are self-pollinating so you only needing one plant to produce fruit.
Prefers a free draining, compost rich soil in a warm protected position. Resistant to Papaya Ring Spot virus.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C.
Seeds germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating which is impervious to water and generally germination will normally not occur unless the seed is scarified by abrading or pre-treated with boiling water first.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.