[NAFEX] zone 4 pawpaw update
lreich at hvc.rr.com
Tue Sep 28 10:53:31 EDT 2010
Pawpaw fruit can be left on trees through light frosts. And eventually, if they get near enough to ripening, they can be harvested to finish ripening indoors.
Lee Reich, PhD
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On Sep 28, 2010, at 10:04 AM, mIEKAL aND wrote:
> Fred: Are you saying that they can be left on the tree thru light
> frosts? Usually we have a couple light frosts before we get the
> killing frost later in October...
> On Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 8:51 AM, Robert Bruns <r.fred.bruns at gmail.com> wrote:
>> To stratify pawpaw seeds, I put them in a plastic bag in the refigerator
>> with the mucilaginous coating still on. The coating gets rotten and moldy
>> by springtime, and then it's easy to wash away. I don't know if it makes a
>> difference, but I never let them dry out. I usually ship a few seeds to
>> Seed Savers members, and I put them in a plastic zip-lock bag with a wet
>> paper towel.
>> If it looks like there is going to be a hard frost, you might be able to
>> take the fruit inside and let them ripen in warm location. I've never
>> tried it, because even the later varieties ripen OK outdoors here.
>> central Indiana
>> Zone 5b
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