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Babaco Papaya (Vasconcellea × heilbornii)

Babaco Papaya (Vasconcellea × heilbornii)

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4" Pot Size
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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.
Hardiness Zone 9, 10
Bloom Season Spring, Summer
Sun Requirement Full Sun
Grows to 4-8'
Minimum Temperature Indoors 35
  1. Excellent in less-than-ideal conditions! Review by Kristen
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    I have owned a Babaco Papaya for at least 4 years, purchased from Logees as a small plant. I love tropical plants, but my house is very old and heated mainly with a wood stove. That means my plants must be able to withstand temps below 55F, or lower, as well as bake on my back porch all summer. The Babaco has done beautifully under these conditions, fruiting 4-8 fruits each summer from year 1. The fruit is not as sweet as other papayas, but it makes the best sorbet I've ever had, also excellent in marinades for pork and venison, and eaten fresh alone or in addition to other fruits. It does grow tall, and eventually you will have to top it. I hacked the trunk down to about 3 1/2 feet, and put a can over the top (saw this on a youtube video) and in a few weeks, new shoots grew. The hacked-off top lost all leaves but then also rooted and has started to grow. I should have cut it off shorter, but live and learn. All in all, the Babaco Papaya has been the best value of all the fruiting tropical plants I have owned over the years. Keep it properly potted, don't over-water in cool conditions and it should last for years plus it is easy to propagate from stem cuttings. Also my cats and dog are not interested in it. Happy me! (Posted on 11/22/2015)