[NAFEX] Paw paws in Iowa?

Mark_Bugaieski at rlicorp.com Mark_Bugaieski at rlicorp.com
Wed Oct 27 15:20:03 EDT 2004

Two thoughts, Dianne:  1)  plant grafted trees whenever possible - more
expensive if you buy them, but will fruit much sooner (true for paw-paws,
persimmon, and nut trees - other advantages, too,  for fruit trees), 2)
Nolin River Nut Tree Nursery (www.nolinnursery.com) is a great source for
paw-paw and persimmon (you might get the "nut tree bug" there, too).  My
property was exactly as you describe in terms of nothing but "scrub" trees,
and it's been fun converting to fruit and nut trees.

I'm directly east of you in central IL, zone 5, and have paw-paws.

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Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 10:23:17 -0500
From: "Diane Porter" <dporter at lisco.com>
Subject: [NAFEX] Paw paws in Iowa?
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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?
Do I need two varieties for pollination?
Can I start from seeds, or do I need to spring for the cost of started
What is a good source for seeds and/or trees?
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
Any other suggestions from you Fruit Exporers?

Diane Porter
Fairfield, Iowa

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