[nafex] [midfex] Transplanting Pawpaw Root Suckers
mlevine at umich.edu
Fri Jul 5 16:54:22 EDT 2013
They were 10-12' high probably 2-4 year old suckers, but I wasn't paying
close enough attention. I left anything under 2' for next season.
Surprisingly they weren't that hard to dig up with my king-of-spades (my
new favorite tool).
On Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 3:25 PM, sherwin <sherwindu at att.net> wrote:
> On 7/5/2013 1:02 PM, Mike Levine wrote:
> > I just wanted to elaborate on what I've done recently (this year) with
> > pawpaws.
> > I realize my sample size is small and I didn't use a control, but I had
> > great success digging suckers this spring.
> > Last year I cut the suckers from the mother on some but not all of the
> > trees I dug this year. Probably half of them got cut last year and half
> > were just cut this spring while transplanting.
> > This spring, a few weeks after bud break I dug 20 pawpaw suckers up from
> > favorite tree and potted them up in large pots. The suckers ranged from
> > to 12' tall. 19 of the 20 trees lived and the one that died was about 4'
> > tall. All the pots have been sitting in a hot driveway receiving weekly
> > watering. I believe that most of my failures in the past were due to not
> > watering enough after transplanting. Pawpaws like moist soils so it's
> > (though I'm sure it's possible) to over-water them
> > Recently I've planted some of them in the field and it seems as though
> > feeder roots have grown nicely since the spring transplant. I'm quite
> > pleased with the results.
> > I was quite surprised that the 10-12' pawpaws responded so well to being
> > transplanted in pots (in pots no less!) and are thriving.
> > So there you have it, I successfully potted up 19 out of 20 suckers some
> > which were cut last year and some of which were just dug up this year w/o
> > being cut last year. I do think it's a good idea to cut them from the
> > mother the year before, but I suspect that cutting them from the mother
> > before leaf out and them transplanting after bud break might be
> > sufficient.
> > No firm science here, as I'd prefer a sample size of at least 30 and
> > have liked to pay more attention to which ones were cut last year, but
> > convinced that it's not as hard to transplant pawpaws as some might
> > I have also been digging grafted seedlings from the field into pots for
> > about 12 years now and rarely have losses over 10-20%. Again, I do this
> > couple weeks after bud break in the spring, but before the leaves are
> > size.
> > Mike Levine
> > Ann Arbor, MI
> > Zone 5b
> Were some of those trees 12 feet high, or did you mean inches? A 12
> footer must have had a very deep tap root, besides being rather
> to pot up.
> It would have been more informative to know the 'age' of these
> root sucker plants. I would guess that after one or more seasons,
> the suckers would be completely independent of the mother tree
> for support. That would probably insure their survival if
> allowed for their continued growth. My issue was with the very
> young suckers that could be removed prematurely.
> Also, how old are these seedlings before you dig them up?
> Sherwin Dubren
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