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Calina IPB9 True Dwarf Papaya


Quantity: 1 Plant

First time in NZ!

Pre Order for March 2024 Delivery! 

We are so excited to bring you the almighty Papaya Calina IBP9!

For the first time in New Zealand and exclusive to Exotica!! These were selectively bred over 10 generations (non GMO) to create a Papaya that is:

- Non astringent
- No smell
- Disease Resistant and become more cold tolerant once established
- Large fruit to 2.5kg
- Longer shelf life once picked
- Small cavity with more flesh
- Extremely sweet
- The only true dwarf Papaya
- Hermaphrodite - every plant bears fruit
- Max mature height in the ground is 1.5m, less in a pot
- Bears fruit 6-10 months after planting in ideal climate

Disclaimer: We highly recommend the young plant stays in a greenhouse or under covered area through winter.  

Plant Care Instructions Doc

Plant Care 


Prefer full sun and need a lot of heat. They stay dormant around winter time, and catch up on growth again towards the end of spring. Young plants need partial shade. around summer. 


They don't like too much water at all. Water only once a week around winter and colder month, 2-3 times a week in hot summer.  Please create a drip line around plant.


Well drained soil is crucial, highly composted and best grown on the mound. Please add sand or 50% pumice to the potting mix.


They love organic matter like old cow and chicken manure. Give them a diluted seaweed juice weekly during growth season in spring right through the summer. Give complete granular fertiliser 4 times a year. The ideal NPK is 14-14-14, though 10-10-10 is acceptable as well.


Keep under cover when young and as the plant matures and established they only need some protection from heavy winds especially during flowering season. When the plant is bearing fruit in full mode it might need staking to support the plant. 


Protect from frost. Confidently cold tolerant to 15c. They will survive down to 7/8c but below this they will suffer. Best to have a protection cover during cold nights and winter. Ideal in a pot under clear roof cover or in a polytunnel. With a pot they can be brought inside easily as they mature to 1m high in a pot. 


Within a year from planting, they should produce fruit if they receive a lot of heat and catch up on growth around spring right through the summer.

Customer Reviews

Based on 64 reviews
Dorothy Julie Logie
Papaya Plant

Plant arrived in very good condition thanks to the special box for shipping.

Vimath Sequeira

Plants are very healthy, packaged well. The other four plants I bought Jackfruit, Rose apple, curry leaf & Soursop are growing very well, are grown pretty tall. Thank you Rose

Kim Dewhurst

Love my Dwarf Papaya.. it arrived safe and sound ,some day as dragon fruit, so exciting day.. 😋

Lawrence Lee

My favourite fruit is Papaya. I bought one from you last year. But the cold wind burn the leaves and it withered. So this time I am going to take care of it away from wind and frost

Bernard McGillan
IPB9 Papaya

Both plants arrived in good condition