[NAFEX] Pawpaw shading question

Michael Nave jmichaelnave at yahoo.com
Sat May 12 17:27:06 EDT 2007

Bent over is normal.

None of my pawpaws have ever had much shade even when
young and have done fine. I live in the California
central valley. Nevertheless, I think you should focus
on giving them shade in the hottest part of the

--- Mark & Helen Angermayer <hangermayer at isp.com>

> This year is the first year I'm trying to grow
> pawpaws.  I planted them this
> spring and they survived the big freeze.  Now I'm
> wondering if I am shading
> them correctly.  I've read that a 30" barrel with
> both ends cut out provides
> good shade and that by the time the pawpaw grows out
> of the top of the
> barrel, it no longer needs shade.
> Since I don't have any barrels, I built some wooden
> boxes (36" tall) to
> shade the small trees.  However, the little pawpaws
> do get some direct
> sunlight when sun's overhead (maybe an hour per
> day).  Is this too much sun?
> Has anyone out there shaded young pawpaws this way?
> I'm wondering because the tops of the new foliage
> are bent over.  The
> foliage looks healthy but it's bent over.  Is this
> normal or is the sun
> beating it down?
> Here are some pictures:
> Here is one of the shade boxes:
> http://www.nafex.org/uploads/shadebox.jpg
> Here is one of the pawpaw's with it's top bent over:
> http://www.nafex.org/uploads/small%20pawpaw.jpg
> Here is a pawpaw that I'm holding up the top:
> Thanks,
> Mark
> Kansas
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