[NAFEX] good tasting pawpaws

Richard Moyer ramoyer at gmail.com
Thu Feb 24 23:54:21 EST 2011

Perhaps the issue for pawpaw ripening is not length of growing season
(counted in days), but accumulated heat units during the growing
season.  Pawpaw trials around the country were established in the
1990s.  Of the 17 or so cultivars grown in Corvallis, Oregon, most
never ripened during the summer I was there.  Not due to freezes on
either ends of the season I suspect, but lack of heat.  So planting
in, and/or creating warm microclimates may help.  Similar to tricks
used for ripening figs or citrus in less than optimal areas.
Richard Moyer

>As a followup thought. Perhaps a reason to plant some of those other
>varieties up here in the far northern reaches of pawpaw possibilities
>would be to create some crosses with the PA Golden.  Even if the fruit
>wouldn't ripe up here, perhaps the flowering times would similar in
>the spring.

On Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 1:33 PM, mIEKAL aND <qazingulaza at gmail.com> wrote:
> Now that I've been able to get PA Golden to ripen here in WI, I wonder
> if Sunflower or Prolific would have any chance to get close to
> ripening. ?I'm assuming all pawpaw varities would be cold hardy here
> but the issue is length of growing season for far northern growers.

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