[NAFEX] Pawpaw pollination, early ripening tree source
dtv at mwt.net
Tue Mar 11 17:58:15 EST 2003
> John wrote:
> Are there any folks on the list who've been successful growing Pawpaws
> colder climates (Zone 5)? There was an interesting discussion about
> fruits on NPR earlier today and I'm interested in at least trying a few
> plants up here in coastal Maine. The thing that concerns me most is
> the flowers reputedly smell awful and need to be pollinated by carrion
> flies, which may require nailing a dead possum (or the equivalent) to a
> nearby tree to attract them. How bad IS the smell when they're in
> Is it bad enough that Pawpaw trees should simply not be planted near
> house? What's a safe distance?
> Any/all feedback appreciated.
I'm at a really different stage from most of the old timers here whove
been growing for a zillion years. For the last 3 or 4 years Ive been
buying generic pawpaw seedlings & theyve winter killed every year.
Last year I got PA Golden seedlings from John Gordon & an unnamed (but
I believe selected) variety from Burnt Ridge. Because Im on pretty
heavy clay loam here & definite zone 4 I set up the area a little bit,
used a bag of agricultural grade sulphur on the area around each & also
used tree tubes. Here in WI we're coming out of a solid 3-4 weeks of 0
to minus 20 weather & they all look pretty fit.
Unfortunately I also germinated a couple trays of seeds but left em in
the greenhouse during the mad dash to get everything squared away for
fall freezes. Typically I move all my first year seedlings into a cold
basement & plant them out in the fall of the second year.
www.dreamtimevillage.org | zone 4
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