Calina IPB9 True Dwarf Papaya

Regular price$79.00
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First time in New Zealand 

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

  • Soil: Requires well-drained, loamy soil with a pH of 5.5 to 7.0.
  • Watering: Keep soil consistently moist; avoid waterlogging.
  • Temperature: Best between 21°C and 33°C. Frost-sensitive.
  • Light: Needs full sun.
  • Fertilising: Use a higher phosphorus fertiliser (15-30-15) to encourage flowering and fruiting.
  • Pruning: Little pruning required; remove diseased or dead plant material to keep the tree healthy.
  • Mulching: Mulch to retain moisture and control soil temperature.
  • Pest Control: Watch for pests such as aphids, whiteflies, and the papaya fruit fly. Use eco-friendly pesticides or introduce natural predators.
  • Flowering and Fruiting: Flowers appear throughout the year; fruits usually ripen 3 to 5 months after flowering.
  • Potting: Suitable for large containers with adequate drainage, though ground planting is recommended for best growth.
  • Feeding Regime: Apply a balanced fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season. During fruit development, switch to a potassium-rich formula to enhance fruit quality.


We ship our plants and garden supplies throughout New Zealand. Due to the increased costs of shipping and packaging, we now apply a minimal delivery charge. After offering free shipping for three consecutive years, we find it necessary to adjust this policy to align with current market conditions. However, we have lowered our prices to help offset this change.

Please note, we do not ship plants or garden supplies internationally from New Zealand. We do export plants and tissue culture materials from our overseas nursery, which requires a minimum order. Please contact us at to discuss your specific requirements.

Shipping (per plant)
Auckland & Northland: $20
Rest of North Island: $25
South Island: $35
Rural Address: Additional $5

Shipping Garden Supplies
Auckland & Northland: $10
Rest of North Island: $15
South Island: $20
Rural Address: Additional $5


  • Our plants are available for shipment throughout the year, depending on stock levels. Typical delivery times range from 5 to 7 business days, although they can take up to 10 business days depending on the destination.
  • We take extra care in packaging; most of our plants are secured in bespoke inserts and shipped in individual boxes to ensure they arrive undamaged.
  • Deliveries are scheduled once a week, typically on Monday. If you place your order over the weekend, we aim to dispatch your plants on the following Monday. This scheduling allows our team to prepare your order thoroughly and ensures the courier has sufficient time to deliver your plants safely, avoiding any unnecessary delays over the weekend.
  • All orders are shipped via courier track and trace service (not signature required)
  • We cannot deliver to PO Box addresses.
  • If you have a rural address, please contact us beforehand to discuss the best delivery options and avoid any potential issues.

Additional Delivery Information

  • We dispatch our plants year-round, as most are shipped with soil. During the winter months, we closely monitor weather conditions and may temporarily delay shipments if the weather is particularly severe. Our packing process includes adding insulation when necessary to protect the plants against temperature extremes.
  • In summer, we ensure that plants are thoroughly watered before they leave our nursery. Occasionally, we may need to ship plants bare-rooted, particularly when they cannot be comfortably re-potted into smaller packaging for shipping. We will always discuss this with you in advance if your plant needs to be shipped in this manner.
  • It's important to note that shipping can be a stressful experience for plants, often due to spending several days in a dark, confined space. While most plants withstand this with little to no stress, some may experience leaf drop. However, they generally recover quickly with some additional care, including proper watering and gradual reintroduction to light after arrival.

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Calina IPB9 True Dwarf Papaya
Calina IPB9 True Dwarf Papaya!!
Calina IPB9 True Dwarf Papaya!!
Calina IPB9 True Dwarf Papaya!!
Calina IPB9 True Dwarf Papaya
Calina IPB9 True Dwarf Papaya!!

Customer Reviews

Based on 67 reviews
Dwarf Papaya

Arrived in great condition, have planted and am keeping a close eye on it due to winter coming, have put a cover over and frost cloth to keep it protected as much as possible, if I can get it through winter it should grow well, so looking forward to fruit. Thank you for making these fabulous fruits/ plants available.

Beautiful plant

My plant was well packaged and so beautiful. I hope we will be able to keep it in this beautiful state.

Kenwyn Smart
Calina delivery

Awesome service, really happy with the product and speedy delivery. Thank guys

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

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