[nafex] The heartbreak of grafted pawpaws

Louis Pittman lpittman at murraystate.edu
Tue Nov 24 08:41:16 EST 2020

Kentucky State University is the pawpaw clonal germplasm repository and
primary research institution for pawpaw.
They have, in the past, offered free packets of 20 or so seeds from their
orchard of grafted and selected seedling selections.  Sherry Crabtree would
be my first contact there.
I would bet hardiness would not be a significant issue.  I sent scions of a
south Alabama-origin A.parviflora to my friend, the late Gordon Nofs, in
Flint, MI, and his graft of it survived for many years - longer there than
did mine here in southern KY.  Easter Big Freeze Disaster of 2007 killed
many things here back to the ground, if not outright stone-cold dead.

Seed may or may not be available this year, though...spring freezes hit
hard here during bloom period...total of two pawpaw fruits on my farm this
year; no pecans or hickories, no apples or pears, few persimmons. Only
blueberries and black walnuts in 2020.

Lucky Pittman
Hopkinsville KY

On Mon, Nov 23, 2020, 10:23 PM Henry via nafex <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>

>  Is anyone selling seeds of named selections that would do well at the
> northern end of the range?
> --Henry Fieldseth
> Minneapolis. Minnesota, Zone 4
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