[NAFEX] pawpaws in the news
pat at containerseeds.com
Wed Sep 22 14:07:38 EDT 2004
>I've copied and pasted the following blurb on the PA Golden series of
>pawpaw selections from John H. Gordon's online catalog. I don't know much
>about the geography/topography of PA, but sounds like these selections came
>(maybe?) from your area, and might be worth a try.
>"Asimina triloba Pawpaw - PA Golden Strain Pawpaw is early ripening. Coming
>from the deep, cold valleys above Harrisburg, PA it ripens its whole crop
>in unusually cool seasons, less than 2300 growing degree days >50F. We get
>an unusually cool season once in eight, or so, years. As often we get a
>2900 GDD year when everything ripens. All pawpaw trees survive cold summer
>and winters here, but selection with the larger fruit ripen few fruit in
>our 2300 GDD season, while that same year all their fruit ripened in Ohio
>and similar climates in Pennsylvania. PA Golden 1, PA Golden 2, PA Golden
>3, and PA Golden 4 are grafted selections. Their rich yellow flesh
>indicates ripeness in early September. The named pawpaw are grafted, and a
>few PA Golden 1 are lifted sprouts on their own roots when specified.
Thanks, that does sound promising.
I don't know what they meant by the 'deep cold valleys above
Harrisburg' either. But we're pretty far from Harrisburg -
about 150 miles north of it and in a totally different
climate than Harrisburg.
It has taken a while for just how cold this area of
Pennsylvania really is to sink into my brain. Our nearest
large city is Buffalo, NY, which indicates something, I
suppose. We don't often get Lake Effect Snow (being about
150 miles from Buffalo) but we do sometimes get the edges of
it. Actually, we are about 150 miles from everywhere... <g>
which is one reason I love living here.
We're at about 1700 feet altitude and just a little south of
the NY State Line.
But it still sounds promising.
>You might check the variety evaluations at the KYSU Pawpaw page
>(www.pawpaw.kysu.edu); I think I recall Kirk Pomper remarking that PA
>Golden was a very good performer, at least here in KY.
Will do. Thanks again.
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