These papayas get LARGE 12" long fruits with real flavorful red flesh. These are hardy to 32 F, but obtain optimal growth in warm zones. Grows best in full sun, in sandy, well draining soil. These can be container grown in colder areas and kept in a greenhouse or near window over winter. They make excellent plants to add a tropical feel to your patio, deck or pool area with their unusually shaped large leaves that can be used to make healthful tea or extract. This species of Red Papaya is considered hardy at zones 9 - 11 Beautiful and healthy 18" and over size plant shipped. Growing instructions and 2 free fertilizer spikes with each plant.