These papayas get the LARGE (12" long) fruits with flavorful red flesh. These are hardy to 32 F, but obtain optimal growth in warm (HOT!) 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. This species of Red Papaya is considered hardy at zones 9b-11 Healthy 16"+ size plant shipped.