You can request
a “Hold Order” for Hardy Perennials and we will ship them
when it’s planting time in your zone. Otherwise, Hardy
Perennials can be kept in a cool or cold spot like an unheated
garage, cool cellar or outbuilding. Cover the pot and soil
with insulating material (burlap, clean rags, newspaper) and
check the soil every 2-3 weeks to make sure it doesn’t dry
out completely. In the spring, plant as soon as the ground
is open and no longer frozen. Dormant plants can endure
freezing temperatures in the spring as long as the plant
remains dormant without any green buds.
Babaco Papaya (Vasconcellea ×heilbornii)
A superb container plant from Ecuador, Babaco has long slender fruit with the most amazing bouquet of flavor and an intensely juicy pulp. Also known as the Mountain Papaya, it can take winter temperatures just above freezing, unlike the standard papaya that suffers when temperatures are kept below 60ºF. The fruit is seedless and can reach 8-10” in length. Mature container-grown plants produce 7-10 fruits annually. The plant grows quickly during the warmth of summer and will begin fruiting at about 2’ in height.
Hardy to Zone 10 and higher for outdoors.
Full sun, grows to 4-8' in container, minimum temperature indoors 35°, Spring and Summer bloomer.