[NAFEX] Transplanting paw paws in midsummer

Lucky Pittman lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu
Wed Dec 17 17:42:49 EST 2008

My own experience moving pawpaw suckers is extremely limited - 2 
survived out of 3 moved in late July.
Most of us are accustomed to working with typical temperate deciduous 
trees(pomefruits, stonefruits, nut trees, etc.) that have a less-than 
complete winter dormancy (root growth continues even though the top 
may be 'dormant') and a fibrous root system, whereas pawpaws, being 
the sole surviving genus of a group of tropical plants is 'whole 
'nother critter'.  It has a fleshy root system, and, so far as I'm 
aware, it really does go fully dormant during winter, carrying out 
virtually no root growth.
Hence, mid to late summer transplanting appears to hold greatest 
promise for success, while early spring transplanting, as the plants 
are just coming out of dormancy would appear to be second best.

Lucky Pittman
USDA Cold Zone 6
AHS Heat Zone 7
Hopkinsville, KY 

More information about the nafex mailing list