[nafex] Pawpaw survival
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Thu Jul 11 12:37:23 EDT 2013
Fascinating thread, my first thought was maybe the ambient humidity is too
low for the pawpaws to prosper..... But I see you said someone in the area
has had success with them.
re germinating pawpaw—as a rule I get 80% + success germinating seed, I
just stratify in peat in the fall, and once the greenhouse stays above
freezing in the spring I move the bags into the greenhouse. Seed that
doesn't germinate in a couple months I hold on to and the majority of it
will germinate the following year.
On Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 11:23 AM, Jay Cutts <orders at cuttsreviews.com> wrote:
> The soil is quite alkaline. I've taken to applying liberal doses of
> acidifier and there has been a significant improvement in leaf color.
> Without that, the leaves tend to be pale. Annual rain fall is 8"!! We
> water every day or every other day. Summer temperatures in the high 90's.
> What surprised me this year is that there was NOT a gradual decline in
> the leaves but rather an almost overnight loss of leaves. Maybe the
> wind. Maybe bugs. The remaining leaves were battered-looking and chewed
> up on the edges. The biggest leaves went first and then the few
> remaining small leaves just withered on the stem. The tree did not
> respond with a new flush of growth. The stems very quickly became
> dead-looking, which made me wonder if something had happened to the
> roots themselves.
> Jay Cutts
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> On 7/11/2013 4:37 AM, Jwlehman at aol.com wrote:
> > Interesting reading everyone.
> > Regarding the success of moving pawpaw sprouts, several of you have had
> > very good success with it and that surprises me. Most growers including
> > have failed at moving sprouts and seedlings. I talk with far more that
> > failed than successes. The failure rate is why most nurseries sell only
> > pawpaws, not bear root plants. Congratulations are in order.
> > 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
> > do OK the first season and then seem to diminish and die out the
> > second or third. I had a plant that leafed out real nicely this spring
> > with lots of big leaves, which then died off. Jay
> > Jay,
> > What is your soil pH and summer time temps? Annual rain fall? Any leaf
> > discoloration?
> > East of the Mississippi River pawpaw does well in most areas from Florida
> > to New York and Michigan.
> > Jerry
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