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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Plant Information or Specifications
Subtropical, Warm Temperate
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas
Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?
Can be pruned to 2m
Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest
Sun or Shade
Preferred Soil Type
Perfect Drainage (Sand/Volcanic)
February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December
Customer Comments on Babaco Cutting
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
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
This will be my second year from planting & just about to pick fruit | Allan Hiscock - Ivanhoe, VIC 12-Jan-2007
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
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'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Caricia pentagona | Carmen Perez - North Dandenong, Melbourne, Austral, VIC 10-Dec-2013
Bought 1 plant 3 months ago from Daleys. It is now 4 times the size and has fruit growing at every node. Very hungry plant, I give it a handful of chicken manure fortnightly and water it in immediately. Also apply urine daily and water it in immediately | Grant Bates - Moonee Ponds, VIC 07-Jan-2015
Tough little plant with interesting fruit. Mine is in a pot and it grows one fruit every 3 years. It just keeps chugging along. | Narelle Smith - Mount Riverview, NSW 25-Jan-2020
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