Subtropica supplies edible and ornamental subtropical plants to New Zealand. We provide banana,  casana, cherimoyas and unusual fruits that grow easily in our climate. Plants are grown organically without the use of chemical fertilisers or sprays. Plants include Misi Luki, Australian Ladyfinger,casana, cherimoya, casimiroa, white sapote, papaya, pawpaw, Rainbow Valley pawpaw,  lucuma, Chilean guava, tropical guava, babaco, passionfruit, vanilla passionfruit, ligularis, , macadamia, mulberry, tamarillo,, brugmansia, sugar cane, guava, ginger.    We also stock Davidson's plum, fig, Ventura, monstera, myoga,  inga, pepino, turmeric,  cardomom,  cardamom, pomegranate, , tea, kei apple, arrowroot, Chinese quince,  Surinam cherry,  Japanese raisin, lemon grass, Vietnamese mint,  Abyssinian banana, rose apple,  citrus,  lime,aloe vera, pitaya, 

We have several Pawpaw Varieties

MOUNTAIN (Carica Pubescens)

The most common of the carica varieties in N.Z. it will begin fruiting in the first year, and is a prolific fruiter. Fruit are yellow, with delicious sweet aromatic pulp. Can be eaten cooked or raw. They all produce fruit and one plant is enough, but the fruit from the females is superior. They prefer shelter, but are otherwise quite tolerant of soil type and some cold.Spectacular tropical looking plant for landscape purposes, one of the hardier pawpaws, withstanding light frosts. 3m high by 1m wide.THESE ARE CURRENTLY IN PROPAGATION AND WILL BE AVAILABLE SUMMER 2019

 

MOUNTAIN RED

From Brazil, this has attractive red stems and small sweet red-fleshed fruit. Self fertile. Easily grown in a frost free position. An attractive addition to the subtropical jungle. Cutting grown. 3m h x 1m w. WE HOPE TO HAVE MORE AVAILABLE BY SUMMER 

 

RAINBOW VALLEY (Medium - PB3) THESE ARE CURRENTLY IN PROPAGATION AND WILL BE AVAILABLE BY SUMMER 

Not just a pawpaw but a pawpaw/babaco cross, with larger fruit than the mountain pawpaw, and tastier fruit than either of its parents. The fruit can be eaten skin and all. It crops prolifically for nine months of the year. Self fertile. 2m h x 1m w.)

 

OAK LEAF (carica quercifolia) -THESE ARE CURRENTLY IN PROPAGATION AND WILL BE AVAILABLE BY SUMMER 

This variety is a taller growing tree and bears a mild flavoured orange fruit. It will drop it's leaves in winter and looks spectacular with the orange fruit on the bare trunk. Mature plants are hardy to mild frost. The fruit is small and high in papain, which makes it a little more like the tropical papaya. 

 

 

PAWPAW (Carica Pubescens)

$18.00Price
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