[nafex] Persimmons & Pawpaws in zone 4?

Gordon Nofs gc_nofs at hotmail.com
Thu Mar 22 15:26:30 EST 2001

  Last year here in Michigan we had coolest summer nights I have seen in 
some 50 years. This not only was bad for tomatoes, but the pawpaws a lot of 
varieties did not really ripen to give there usual good taste. I threw a 5 
gallon bucket full away. This I found had happened to all the people I know 
that had pawpaws. They were of good size. But I could'nt eat them. The ones 
that were ripening at there regular time were very good. So there obviously 
are different ripening periods or something. So that would mean that some 
varieties may do better in cooler zone areas.
From: "John Van Hazinga" <vanhaz at gsinet.net>
Subject: Re: [nafex] Persimmons & Pawpaws in zone 4?
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2001 00:39:49 -0500

One factor is winter survival another is enough heat to ripen.  I put in a
Meader persimmon last April and due to coolest summer in 80 (according to a
local vegetable farm) it did not leaf out until August and then was shocked
by 22 deg on Sept 23.  I hesitate to try pawpaws as  summers are relatively
cool here on a general NE slope in the woods.  Due to lack of our usual
thaws and winter rains we have  had the most snow accumulation I recall
since 1969.  I have not pruned but a nearby NAFEX friend reported he just
did his trees on snowshoes getting a new perspective looking down on them.
southern NH

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