[NAFEX] Vein chlorosis in paw paw seedling
mdemmon at gmail.com
Wed Aug 4 11:47:55 EDT 2010
I think you would have a hard time getting a paw to be pot bound the
first year. In my experience, they have thick, fleshy roots with very
little branching and no visible fine roots. usually mine go down like
a carrot until they hit the bottom of the pot, then they try to get
out if they can.
I've had much better results and successful (even mid-summer
bareroot!) transplanting by growing paw paws, peaches, and apricots in
my partially finished compost pile. They'll have bigger tops and
simply enormous, branched root systems. I just dig them out with my
hands and they are so vigorous they transplant great. I have a 3 pile
system, so the pile has already been sitting for a whole year when I
seed them in the fall, and then I transplant the plants out of the
compost sometime during the following summer or fall, then add the
compost to my vegetable garden and start over again.
On Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 9:19 AM, Alexander Brands <abb7 at lehigh.edu> wrote:
>> That's an interesting pattern, not sure if it means there's something
>> different going on than with my Paw Paws in containers. But mine will
>> often get yellow and distressed looking in containers, more than other
>> plants I grow do. I think it just means they're tired of being in the
>> pot without proper nutrition. Fish emulsion usually fixes it for me,
>> if I haven't let it go on too long.
>> I would guess it's either too little/too much water or some sort of
>> nutrient deficiency which could be corrected with proper
>> fertilization. It's hard to grow plants in little pots and keep them
>> as happy as in the ground.
>> z5 se MI
> Some details I should have included in the original post:
> The seedlings are in transparent 3 liter soda bottles, and for most of them
> (including the chlorotic one), I can't see any roots yet, so it doesn't seem
> like they are too crowded in their pots yet. I made the potting mix with
> Osmocote plus, which is a time release fertilizer that includes all the
> trace elements, and have been supplementing with foliage-pro 9-3-6, which
> also has all the trace elements.
> This seedling has been in an East facing window, side by side with other
> seedlings that look healthy. It gets a few hours of sun in the morning
> through a double pane window. The top of the pot is at windowsill level, so
> the pot doesn't get too hot from the sun.
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