How to grow Babaco

Babaco grow and care – herbaceous of the genus Vasconcellea also known as Carica pentagona, Babaco perennial evergreen plant also used as ornamental plant, grow in tropic, mediterranean or subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+.

Flower color yellow in trumpet shape, the flowers grow on the main stems and only female flowers grow on the plant.

Babaco papaya fruit

Fruit color yellow-green, shape oval the size 5-20 cm, the fruits are seedless

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How to grow Babaco growing and care:

Wind-less, humidity

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Allelopathy, when the plant full of fruit can be break by the wind or the weight of the ftuits

Planting season:
All year

Pests and diseases:
Ants, spider mite

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Old leaves, recommend not pruning the branches but if the branches break reccomand to cut and evening to cover it with paste or something

Size of the plant?
2-5 m, 6-15 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
All year

General information about the flower
Yellow flowers small in trumpet shape

Pollination is done by:
Self pollination

Fruits information

Fruit harvest season:
All year

Fruits pests or diseases:

What can be done with big quantities of Babaco fruits?
Eaten raw, juice, dried fruit

Work requirements on the fruit:
Nothing special

How long does it take to bear fruit?
4-6 month

Ripening of fruit
Can be picked when the not fully ready and be wait that will ready at home

Scientific name:

Vasconcellea × heilbornii

How to grow Babaco

Babaco plant

Babaco tree


Blooming Seasons
  • Autumn flowers
  • Spring flowers
  • Summer flowers
  • Winter flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Fruit
Culinary uses
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Dried fruit
  • Eaten raw
  • Fruit
  • Ice pop & Ice cream plants
  • Jams
  • Juice
Flower colors
  • Yellow flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Spring Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
  • Winter harvest
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Herbaceous
  • Perennial plant
Plant Uses
  • Edible plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
  • Winter planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13