[NAFEX] PawPaw Seed Germination

Gordon Nofs gc_nofs at hotmail.com
Mon Sep 8 11:12:11 EDT 2003

  I have never run into this problem, But I do agree that don't think they 
are going to be up for over a month or so.

Gordon C. Nofs
Flint, MI.

Pawpaw seed usually doesn't germinate until it gets quite warm, such as 80 F
or above, and the soil has to be quite warm.  Your seed may not have gotten
warm enough.  Try using a heat mat under the pot/flat.  You might even need
to make a "sweat box" by putting the pots inside a wooden box with a piece
of glass over the top of the box.    Once they germinate, they will grow at
lower temps.  Your handling of the seed was fine, otherwise, as long as the
seed didn't get dry.  Pawpaw seeds can die when they are dried.

From: "Sammons, Isabella" <isammons at ofheo.gov>
Reply-To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2003 10:50:48 -0400
To: "'North American Fruit Explorers'" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Subject: [NAFEX] PawPaw Seed Germination

NAFEX Members --

I have some fresh pawpaw seeds that I would like to germinate.  Last year I
kept gathered some fresh seed, put them in moist peat moss in a plastic bag,
kept them in the refrigerator over winter,and potted them in the spring.
None germinated.

Would appreciate it if someone had some ideas on how I should proceed this

Thanks very much.

Isabella Sammons
Zone 7, Manassas, VA

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