[NAFEX] paw paw seedlings
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Mon Dec 22 13:28:13 EST 2008
Anyone know if grafted paw paws will make it in zone 4? Are there any
selected varieties that are particularly short season & extra hardy?
I've got a bunch of PA Golden Seedlings in the ground.
On Dec 22, 2008, at 11:39 AM, Jwlehman at aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 12/22/2008 12:23:04 PM Eastern Standard Time, alandhaigh at gmail.com
>> I put this question out a couple weeks ago but no one answered, I
>> even e'd the chairman of the paw paw special interest group to no
>> avail. Do paw paw seedlings closely duplicate the fruit quality of
>> the parent plant? Obviously the seeds are the result of cross
>> pollination from a second plant but if both parents have high
>> quality fruit with a good fruit to seed ratio are the seedlings
>> likely to be of similar quality?
> Hi Alan,
> OK, I'll stab at it. I do have experience on the subject as I've
> bred pawpaw and have something like 300 seedlings hand pollinated
> from named varieties. Mostly Prolific, Sunflower, Overleese and
> Davis were used.
> Most are average, a few very good to outstanding maybe, and maybe
> 10% to be culled out. My advise to assure all will perform to your
> liking, GRAFT!
> If I were on the witness stand and being cross examined and had to
> answer your question yes or no, my answer would be no.
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