[NAFEX] Paw paws in Iowa?

lee reich lreich at hvc.rr.com
Wed Oct 27 13:45:12 EDT 2004


On Oct 27, 2004, at 11:23 AM, Diane Porter wrote:

> At last my husband and I have moved to a few acres in rural Iowa, with 
> plenty of space to plant trees. There already are lots of trees, but 
> they're mostly honey locusts and dying or doomed elms. It's a great 
> opportunity to fulfil our dreams of paw paws, American persimmons, 
> kiwis, mulberries, and more. We're not young, so our idea is, better 
> get started!
>   
> Here's are  some of my questions.
>  Will paw paws grow in southeast Iowa's zone 5? YES
>  Do I need two varieties for pollination?YES
>  Can I start from seeds, or do I need to spring for the cost of 
> started trees?GRAFTED TREES WOULD BE BEST: THEY BEAR SOONER THAN 
> SEEDLINGS AND YOU ARE ASSURED OF BEST QUALITY FRUITS.
>  What is a good source for seeds and/or trees? I LIKE RAINTREE 
> NURSERY, ONE GREEN WORLD, BURNT RIDGE, JOHN GORDON, AND NOLIN RIVER 
> NUT TREE NURSERY.
>  I have grafted lots of apples, pears, and mulberries. Can I graft paw 
> paw cultivars onto seedling paw paws? If so, is there a source for 
> scion material? YES, YOU CAN GRAFT. JOHN GORDON IS ONE SOURCE OF 
> SCIONS BUT I AM SURE THERE ARE OTHERS.
> Any other suggestions from you Fruit Exporers? THE BOOK "UNCOMMON 
> FRUITS FOR EVERY GARDEN" HAS WHOLE CHAPTERS ON PAWPAWS, PERSIMMONS, 
> MULBERRIES, ETC.
>  
> Diane Porter
> Fairfield, Iowa
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