[NAFEX] Seeking advice about paw paws

Chex ricechex at rocketmail.com
Mon Apr 17 11:39:37 EDT 2006

In South Eastern Iowa there is a test plot of 28
grafted varieties (7 of each) surrounded by
pawpaw seedlings at the Chinquapin Bluffs
Recreation Area near Columbus Junction, Iowa. 
You could collect seeds there this fall (leave
some for the rest of us).

redfernfarm at lisco.com  	 
(319)729-5905 Red Fern Farm 
13882 I Ave Wapello, IA 52653

has pawpaw trees for $6.00 and the are not far
from you.  They could probably help you with the
location of Chinquapin Bluffs as well.

has a nice selection of pawpaws and I believe is
run by the family of Corwin Davis who did a lot
in the field of pawpaws.

has the zimmerman pawpaw that Lee Reich
reccomends if you can figure out his Nut Tree
Gordons web site.

hope this helps.

Chris, zone 5 IL

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> Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2006 23:24:34 -0500
> From: Diane Porter <dporter at lisco.com>
> Subject: [NAFEX] Seeking advice about paw paws
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> I live in southeast Iowa and want to try paw
> paws. I understand they  
> do nicely here, but I've never seen, let alone
> tasted, a paw paw  
> fruit, but they sound wonderful.
> A couple of years ago, a NAFEX subscriber
> kindly sent me some paw paw  
> seeds. Unfortunately, only the deer got to
> taste the paw paws, but  
> they by no means waited for the fruit. They
> yanked the seedlings  
> right out of the ground, wiping out my entire
> crop in one night.
> I now have a serious deer fence on its way to
> me, and I want to try  
> again. Is there a reasonable expectation of
> getting tasty fruits from  
> seedlings? Or do I need to purchase grafted
> trees (about $25 each  
> from Raintree)? Being optimistic about the
> quality of seedlings, I  
> would like to try raising the trees from seed,
> bu I'm getting too old  
> to wait years for fruit and then be
> disappointed in the taste. So I'd  
> appreciate the expert advice of fellow
> NAFEXers. I also wonder if  
> anyone can suggest somewhere that I can obtain
> some seeds.
> Diane Porter, Fairfield, Iowa

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