[NAFEX] Pawpaw shading question

Mark & Helen Angermayer hangermayer at isp.com
Sun May 13 20:01:49 EDT 2007


Thanks Michael, Jim and Jerry!

I'll keep the shade on them for at least this year and try to remember to keep them well watered.

Mark
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jerry
  To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org 
  Sent: Sunday, May 13, 2007 10:22 AM
  Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Pawpaw shading question


  Dear Mark,

  I've started several hundred pawpaws from seed. I've tried many things, and shade the first year is important. I've found that a two foot shade such as a tree tube works very well. If it grows out the top the first year it will survive. Generally, I'd say all that grow at least 12" the first year can have the shelter removed at the start of the second growing year. 

  I've also planted a few w/o first year shelter and many survived, but I kept them watered well the first year. Don't augment the soil the with anything that dries the soil out faster such as acid mulch, or even regular mulch. I'd suggest if you want to use acid mulch, top add it the second year. My experience is keeping the soil damp the first year is vital. 

  I've planted many one year pawpaw seedlings with good root systems w/o shade with very good success.  

  Jerry


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