Details about Superior Variety Pawpaw Paw Paw Seeds (10) Fruit TreeSee original listing
Sep 22, 2012
[ 7 bids ]
Hallsville, Missouri, United States
|Tree Type:||Fruit, Flowering||Plant Name:||Asmina triloba|
2012 was a tough year for pawpaws in Mid Missouri. We had record high temps and record low rainfall. Even though I watered my pawpaw trees, they still could not tolerate the extreme heat without some sort of reaction, which was, in this case, fruit ripening starting 2 months early! I got a decent crop anyway, even if the size did suffer some, proving that pawpaws are hard to beat for producing food under extreme conditions, which may become more frequent as the years go by, if we are to believe the science behind global climate change. As usual, no bug sprays were needed or applied. I have about 1000 seed, which was saved from only the largest fruits of the crop, which is my habit now.
Listed today are (10) Seeds from my GRAFTED VARIETIES pawpaws. These are seeds from the Best varieties known, crossed (pollinated by) the other varieties. Since what you breed is what you get, buying seed from a known source is ALL IMPORTANT, unless you don't care about the quality of your fruit, and you just want a shade tree,then ANY source is fine.
The difference between these seed and a wild pawpaw seed is like the difference between your favorite Fugi or Granny Smith apple and a crab apple. Fruit borne as a single gets larger than fruit borne as part of a cluster. You can thin the multiple fruit clusters to get larger fruit, but these just grew (grow) that way.
Pawpaws grow natually in the Midwest of the United States. Here in Mid Missouri, we are in zone 5, which is perfect for them, and they are to be found growing wild near rivers and creeks, but the fruit is usually quite pathetic in size and flavor. The fruit from my trees is easily 2-3 times the size of local wild ones and tastes better too!
Unlike a lot of other fruit trees, Pawpaw comes fairly true from seed, meaning that the fruit will be closer to the parent than an apple or pear from its seed.
Pawpaws in the wild start their lives in the shade of other trees(or they will burn up and die!), but need full sun to produce good fruit. I get around this problem by growing them in pots, in potting soil, under the shade of my bigger trees for the first year. I then transplant these in the fall. You can and should also shade them "in the field" with a milk crate (I don't steal them, so don't send the MILK POLICE to my house) or similar type item for the first year. Tomato cages with scrap cloth on top works well too. You don't want to let them suffer in drought conditions or you will lose them. They don't grow much the first year, they MAY get 8"-12" tall. Weeds are less of a problem in pots as well, since they take up to two months to sprout, and by that time, you will have had to weed several times in the field.
The second year of growth in the field, (or third year of life) can be quite dramatic, I give them lots of fertilizer and water and they can get 3 feet tall. Bearing will begin after about 5-6 years if you have done things right. Well grown ,fully mature trees will reach 25-30 feet. They also put out suckers from the roots, so pay attention and look out for this (after about 6 years) and you will have a grove going. They graft easily for those who do that sort of thing, as I do.
Pawpaw tree leaves (not the fruit) are the only food source for the Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly larve. They don't cause enough damage on a full size tree to be concidered a pest, so I leave them alone. They can cause problems for small trees that only have a few leaves. If the leaves of your young trees are being eaten, look for light green "worms" and remove by hand.
I have had a policy of adding in two seeds for every dollar the bid goes over the opening bid of $3 and just never mentioned it in my listings. Figured I might as well make it known.
Shipping to Europe is possible, and will run $4, based on an order I did for a guy in France.
SEED IS NOW (AND SHOULD BE KEPT) MOIST & REFRIGERATED UNTIL SPRING. Will be shipped packed in spaghnum moss, the choice of professionals for these applications.THE FEW DAYS OF SHIPPING WILL NOT EFFECT THIS NEED FOR A WINTER PERIOD TO BREAK DORMANCY. Seed purchased after March 1st has met its chilling requirements and can be planted without further treatment.
Questions are welcome!