[nafex] Pawpaws

Lucky Pittman Lucky.Pittman at murraystate.edu
Wed Jan 9 13:27:47 EST 2002

At 05:54 AM 01/09/2002 -0600, Pete B. wrote:
>About a year ago I found that there are pawpaws growing north of Gulfport,
>MS in the clay hills there. (not big hills) This is about 60 miles east of
>where we were raised. These pawpaws are on very small trees and are about
>thumb sized to hen egg sized. I tried eating a few soft ones and they were
>really some sorry mess. All seeds with a little bitter slime to go with

What you describe sounds like A.parviflora to me.  I've never knowingly 
seen flag pawpaw (A.reticulata, I think) - I think it's more of a south 
GA/FL species.

If you're going to attempt A.triloba down there you may be better off going 
with some of the more Southern selections, like Mango(GA),  Collins(GA), 
and the Duckworth(FL) series.
I don't know how chilling hours enter into the equation for the 
northern/midwestern pawpaw selections, but Kirk Pomper at KYSU may have 
some insight on that.

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