[nafex] Pawpaw survival

Matt Demmon mdemmon at gmail.com
Wed Jul 10 22:25:27 EDT 2013


I bet it is either:

-soil is too alkaline/acidic/rocky
-elevation
-relative humidity is too low
-not enough moisture
-soil isn't deep enough
-too cold, at night, or in the winter, or temperature shifts too greatly
-not hot enough for a long enough season
-sunlight is too intense
-too much wind

Or a combination of them. It's really not the climate or even bioregion
they are adapted to. Even here in Michigan, in my experience, they need
deep, rich, preferably moist soil, lots of heat, not too much cold, not too
much temperature fluctuation, too be kept free from weeds, and in a
generally protected site. They seem to do the absolute best either along
rivers, near the great lakes, or in urban heat islands, all of which
moderate temperatures.

My advice is give up and grow something that does better in your climate! I
bet you can grow some killer plums there, while here they get brown rot,
black knot, infinite bugs, and it's so darn cloudy all the time they never
get all that sweet anyways.

-matt
z5 se MI


On Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 3:49 PM, Jay Cutts <orders at cuttsreviews.com> wrote:

> I've been trying to establish pawpaws for a number of years in New
> Mexico at 5000 feet. I seem to be seeing a pattern in which the plants
> does ok the first season and then seems to diminish and die ought the
> second or third. I had a plant that leafed out real nicely this spring
> with lots of big leaves, which then died off one by one.
>
> Any ideas?
>
> Regards,
>
> Jay
>
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> On 6/30/2013 4:34 PM, sherwin wrote:
> > On 6/30/2013 1:57 PM, Elizabeth Hilborn wrote:
> >> Thanks everyone!  I appreciate the input.  It sounds like people's
> >> experiences and techniques are variable, but generally promising.
> >>
> >> Betsy Hilborn
> >>
> >>
> >        Betsy,
> >
> >        I hope both you and Alan realize that his observation of 100
> percent
> >        takes on these transplants does not mean they will continue to
> > survive.
> >        In my case, some lasted one season, some two, before they died.
> > Thankfully,
> >        some did finally take hold and I can't wait to start seeing fruit.
> >
> >                                     Sherwin Dubren
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