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BABACO Carica pentagona

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An attractive torpedo shaped fruit with effervescent flesh. The texture of the golden fruit is light and refreshing. The slightly acid flavour has a hint of strawberry, pineapple and pawpaw and can be made into a tasty thirst quenching drink.

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Grown From Climate Height Frost tol. Pollination req'd Evergreen/Deciduous Harvest period
Cutting Warm Temperate - Subtropical 2-4 Sensitive No Evergreen Spring - Autumn
 

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Babaco

Stake well as it's shallow rooted and can topple over in strong wind. Keep moist but must have good drainage. Prone to root rot in gluggy, sour soil. Feed regularly with well rotted chicked poo. | David White - Newcastle, NSW 30-Jan-2006

Babaco

Protect from strong winds and have good drainage, when plant gets too tall cut branches on an angle and strike some cuttings. Fruit is fantastic dried as well as eaten with ice cream fantastic straight from the fridge on a hot day. | Tay Brownlie - Milton, NSW 25-May-2006

Babaco

This will be my second year from planting & just about to pick fruit | Allan Hiscock - Ivanhoe, VIC 12-Jan-2007

Babaco

I grow mine in a large pot with very good drainage mix of river sand cow manure and loam I have found wet feet causes root rot very quickly I freeze the ripe fruit and make a deicious drink blending the fruit with lemonade | Ron Briggs - Grafton, NSW 28-Feb-2007

Babaco

THE pawpaw type fruit for Perth WA! Grow staked as large potplant out of wind in well drained moist mix, north facing verandah ideal. Cut back after fruiting, plant tip easily grows as cutting, ripen 20cm pieces before trying as cuttings. Mulch with cow p | Joyce Crouchley - Boya, WA 08-Aug-2007

Babaco

Babaco's grow readily from stem cuttings. Mine fruit Dec-Feb. Northern aspect is preferable in this climate. Young plants can be eaten by snails. They need lots of water in first summer, but after that are surprisingly drought tolerant. | Lindsay Sutherland - Nunawading, Melbourne, VIC 15-Aug-2007

Babaco

Do not water cuttings unless soil completely dry- high incidence of rot - mature plant much more water tolerant, fruits heavily and continuously, minor leaf damage and drop at 1-3 degrees but quick recovery a great plant | Andrew Jones - Adelaide, SA 02-Nov-2007

Babaco

Grows well here, great crop fantastic fruit, though not ripe till following Summer. Lost leaves in Winter but recovered. Grafted plant died as rootstock not as cold tolerant as scion, cuttings OK. | Anthony Miceli - Mornington, VIC 15-Jan-2008

Babaco

Complete dieback in Winter after a particularly heavy 3 days of frost, but recovered in Spring. The tree now has a dozen maturing fruit after one Summer. | Anthony Linden Jones - Kurrajong, NSW 21-Mar-2008

Babaco

I have a real one at last and it dropped a few leave but is recovering well, i yhink everyone should have at least 5 of their own! | Banda Grey - Castlemaine, VIC 17-Apr-2008

Babaco

My plant is 2yrs old and now with friut. Tollerates cold weather,fine for Tassie. Plant near wall or fence and protect against wind. I have 15 fruits and more on the way. Great health food.I found plant likes garden more than pot. Good health Ella. | Ella Hayes - Cheltenham, VIC 11-Nov-2008

Babaco

I planted one last October and have havested approx 20 peices of fruit so far this year since September. Largest being 1.8Kg. I was amazed at how quickly it set fruit. Within 8 weeks of planting from a small established cutting. I live in the JB area. | Greg Brown - , 15-Dec-2009

Babaco

I planted 16 cuttings two years ago and 85% sprouted, but I watered them too much and root rot killed some. Now have 8 plants left, plants are 5 feet tall. Biggest one has 5 very large dark green fruits on it, rest have 1 each. | Alan Korn - Oceanside, CA 12-Nov-2011

Babaco

Planted mine about 4 years ago. Now quite tall and lots of fruit, at least 15 this season so far. Fruit is great for juice (mixed with other juice) or sorbet or granita. Have my first successful strike from cutting and the main tree has a baby also. | Nals - Glen Iris, VIC 19-Jan-2012

Babaco

Mine Nth facing, sheltered. 5 yrs old (grafted). Over 80 fruit (1kg ea) this yr. Fertilise in Spring with 25 Ltr chook manure, blood/bone, compost, sulfate of potash. Lovely oven-baked no lid with br.sugar, vanilla & water 200C 1.5 hr (turn 1/2 time). | Sharon Orr - Upwey, VIC 09-Nov-2012

Babaco

This fruit appears to be just like indian papaya but with dome difference having no seeds/less seeds | J.c.nijhawan - Village Anji Nasal,solan,himachal, INDIA 28-Dec-2012

Babaco

Caricia pentagona | Carmen Perez - North Dandenong, Melbourne, Austral, VIC 10-Dec-2013
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Babaco (Grafted) 8/10

Correy's Edible Fruits
Update: 252 days 14hrs

Comments: -

I have gotten a few fruit off it now. Even in the pot it looks huge and is holding it's fruit quite well. During the winter it was carrying about 3 fruit but they didn't really ripen like they did during summer.

I personally love the taste it is great. Nice and sour with a bit of sweetness and very creamy. The pulp though is disgusting make sure you get rid of every skeric.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, September, October, November, December

Planted: 2005

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 3 Fruit Per Year

First Fruited: 3 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pruned By: 50% in After Fruiting

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: all round fertiliser

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

I find that a little spider likes to hide under the leaves and this causes the leaves to curl up. If it did get too bad I would prob try and spray it with something but haven't needed to yet.

Organic Status:Organic


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Babaco (Cutting) 8/10

HappyEarth's Edible Fruits
Update: 1259 days 7hrs

Comments: - Ive grown a number of these and most have died from root-rot.  I have one growing in a pot and one in the ground which are doing well.

Planted: 2009

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Fruit Harvest: 1 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Hosre manure, worm castings and dynamic lifter

Pest Control: None

Organic Status:Organic


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Rusticular says... [1569 days 13hrs ago]
I'm in Brisbane and have tried 3 different spot in my garden with 2 different selections, they all succumbed to root rot. Will try a pot next time.

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Babaco 8/10

LucysHARVEST1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1508 days 7hrs

Comments: -

I love Paw Paw and I thought this was similar so I agreed to look after a young plant my son gave me when he moved overseas. Had in pot for 12 months and in July 2008 planted in my garden. I don't have a green thumb & had to Google regularly to learn about plant. I actually killed it (so I thought) and decided to leave the trunk in the soil. I kept feeding it my lovely compost and protected from strong Bay winds in Mornington. To my surprise...it sprouted little shoots from the dead trunk. Now its 1 1/2 M high and full of fruit. Picture attached.

Fruiting Months April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Planted: 2008

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 10 Fruit Per Year

First Fruited: 3 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: chook manure from my chooks

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

none required so far.

Question:

Why are leaves scruffy and have patches of yellow on leaves? Is it iron deficiency?


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Babaco (Grafted) 6/10

BRENDAN1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1265 days 23hrs

Comments: -

GOOD LOOKING COMPACT PLANT GROWS IN 60 LTR POT

FRUITED LAST YEAR  UNRIPE FRUIT ( GREEN ) STAY ON PLANT OVER WINTER IN ADELAIDE AND SHOULD RIPEN ( TURN YELLOW ) THIS SUMMER

LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS

next spring / summer fruits turned yellow and ripened

has a nice melon taste when fully yellow

WARNING AS STATED IN THE FORUMS BE CAREFUL WITH DRAINAGE WITH BABACO

DON'T OVER WATER

- ROOT  / STEM FUNGAL ROT IS THE BIG PROBLEM 

 

Fruiting Months March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Planted: 2009

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: CHOOK POO

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Babaco 6/10

Justin1's Edible Fruits
Update: 32 days 8hrs

Comments: -

Did very poorly in a pot.  Have now transplanted into the ground and have protected with Hessian.  Doing much better now.

UPDATE 2014: Fruited well for a couple of years, then died. Tried to grow from cutting but no luck.

Fruiting Months January and February

Qty: 1

Pollination: Cross Pollination


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Babaco 10/10

Elke's Edible Fruits
Update: 1499 days 8hrs

Comments: - Bought: 2008

This is a vey worthwile plant to grow, mine has been in the ground for one year and started bearing fruit almost immediately. Fruit are sour and best eaten cut in half and covered with a sprinkle of sugar (overnight). Or made into fruit puree for juice. Green fruit can be used in stir fries.

 

Update: it died in a very wet winter in Sydney in 2010. I did not even get a chance to save some cuttings, the whole stem rotted quite quickly and severely.

 

 

Planted: 2008

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 3 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: blood and bone occas.

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

none


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Babaco 10/10

DynamicLifter1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1230 days 15hrs

Comments: -

Fast growing and fruiting. The tree is an amazing sight when loaded with fruit.

Height 150 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic Lifter

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Babaco (Seedling) 10/10

Carol1's Edible Fruits
Update: 583 days 12hrs

Comments: - The fruit is delicious but flesh is very delicate so it has limited shop shelf life. You could buy this in NZ fruit stores but I haven't seen it in Sydney. I purchased a seedling from Daley's & it's been easy to grow, fruited every year. I water daily during the warmer months &  esp when the fruit are developing. 

Fruiting Months April and May

Planted: 2009

Height 2.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: dynamic lifter

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting

Pest Control: It's been pest free so far.


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Babaco

Firefly's Edible Fruits
Update: 1897 days 6hrs

Comments: -

Flowered summer 08/09, no fruit set.

Planted: 2009

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Pollination: No


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Babaco

Mike's Edible Fruits
Update: 1894 days 6hrs

Comments: -

Bought it from GardenWorld last spring as a 1 ft plant.  It's now over 1m and started fruiting.  Unfortunately all but one got blown off by strong winds.  Remaining fruit is still green and is about 20cm long.


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Babaco (Seedling) 8/10

JohnMc1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1678 days 1hrs

Comments: -

Two beauties are still in the hothouse, complete with slow combustion fireplace that keeps them nice and warm overnight. Minimum 22deg C not that it is needed. I've heard of them surviving snow and comming back as strong as ever.

Another two are in Hydroponics (experimental) and three are in the ground.

Height 0.8 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 7

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Question:

 


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Babaco (Cutting)

Rosalie1's Edible Fruits
Update: 671 days 3hrs

Comments: -

Purchased Yandina Market 23/1/2010
Planted below shed clearing.

Planted: 2010

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Babaco (Cutting) 8/10

Kaz1's Edible Fruits
Update: 494 days 8hrs

Comments: -

24/5/13 got so much fruit and but i hated the taste and everyone i gave it to hated the taste i cut it down. bummer

Growing very well in my new horse poo based garden been in for about 3 months and is getting flower buds already

Planted: 2010

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: poo

Organic Status:Organic


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Babaco (Cutting) 6/10

Lissa's Edible Fruits
Update: 651 days 7hrs

Comments: -

Highly recommended for our Brisbane region. Managed to obtain some cuttings (for myself and gardening friends). Have tried one fruit and liked it very much - nothing like pawpaw to which it is related. Sort of sorbet-y and bitter/sweet juicy. Likes dry feet, can't stand the wet. Nearly everyones plants died from these cuttings. Quite common with this plant apparently. LOOKING FOR MORE CUTTINGS PLEASE.

Planted: 2011

Height 0.25 metres

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

Many of these plants (kept two myself and farmed the rest out to friends) died during the wet.


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Babaco (Seedling) 2/10

Babaghanush's Edible Fruits
Update: 1280 days 3hrs

Comments: -

Died does not go well on hard clay...

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Pollination: No

Organic Status:Organic


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Babaco (Cutting)

VF1's Edible Fruits
Update: 743 days 6hrs

Comments: -

Lovely fragrance, sort of strawberry/pineapple.  Initially I wasn't over-keen on them, but in Autumn there were some beautifully flavoured ones at local growers market, (Tamborine Mt.), that were much sweeter than ones previously tried. Am now converted to their taste. (Have found some winter fruit more bland though, and only really suitable for juicing - they may not have been tree ripened though as am finding some nicer ones again).

Tree planted on 30cm mound of soil, mostly comprised of compost. Planted mid-autumn '12.

Both Father and F-I-L now converted to fruit too, and have bought them a tree each.

Has started flowering in August. 

Planted: 2012

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Compost, manure,seasol

Pest Control:

Nil yet.


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Babaco (Seedling)

Daniuel's Edible Fruits
Update: 1418 days 11hrs

Comments: -

A bit slow to get going but has been growing steadily. Will get more direct sun as it grows and clears the partial shade of the nearby garden shed and a palm tree. Just noticed that a number of flowers have formed. Windy conditions caused loss of all but one fruit. Plant growing well, still holding on to its one growing fruit an now flowering again.

Planted: 2009

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pest Control:

None

Organic Status:Organic


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Babaco (Cutting)

Rusticular's Edible Fruits
Update: 635 days 10hrs

Comments: - Have tried three plants in different locations. Planted on gradual slopes on north side, but heavy soil. Root systems rotted away. Have a new plant (tissue cultured) in a pot.

Planted: 2012

Height 600 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

First Fruited: 4 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Babaco

MotherHuldah1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1870 days 6hrs

Comments: -

lost this one to root rot in the recent floods. purple tiger chili in the foreground.

Pollination: No


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MotherHuldah1 says... [1880 days 11hrs ago]
lost this one through root rot in the floods, will have to plant another.

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Babaco 6/10

Zeni's Edible Fruits
Update: 1852 days 14hrs

Comments: -

so far so good. No fruit yet but currently flowering and looks like the start of some fruit set (2/9/2009)

 

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

no pest so far

Organic Status:Organic


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Babaco (Grafted)

GDaley's Edible Fruits
Update:  

Comments: - 2


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Katesbabacoandpepinoplants1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1895 days 10hrs

Comments: -

this is the first year my babaco has fruited. has four large fruit and 3 tiny ones on the top of the stem. when I taste it will let you know what it is like


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Babaco

Julie1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1871 days 8hrs

Comments: -

The fruit sounds divine and our papaya seems to be going well.


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Babaco (Cutting)

Gooooone's Edible Fruits
Update: 1751 days 5hrs

Comments: -

planted dec 09 in a 65L pot.

mix of compost, and potting mix

Planted: 2009

Height 50 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: worm juice or seasol

Organic Status:Organic


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Babaco (Seedling) 10/10

Pedro1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1498 days 8hrs

Comments: -

had these in NZ..wanted to try in Bundy

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Babaco (Seedling) 7/10

Zac's Edible Fruits
Update: 598 days 16hrs

Comments: - Rapid growing

Planted: 2012

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Babaco (Cutting)

Ivepeters's Edible Fruits
Update: 360 days 6hrs

Planted: 2011

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

First Fruited: 6 Months after I planted Cutting

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly


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Babaco 6/10

Rob19's Edible Fruits
Update: 235 days 16hrs

Planted: 2013

Height 0.75 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Babaco 10/10

Neilh1964's Edible Fruits
Update: 1506 days 11hrs

Comments: -

Love the taste - and have all the other fruits I need


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Babaco

Aimz781's Edible Fruits
Update: 784 days 2hrs

Comments: - Just wanted to try it but have seen others in a similar area.

Planted: 2012

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Fertiliser or Organics Used: dynamic lifter, manure

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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