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  • From: mIEKAL aND <>
  • To: North American Fruit Explorers <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Pawpaw shadecloth
  • Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 08:38:38 -0500

I was reading an article a few months ago that someone (not remember a name
right now) grew their first year pawpaws in a greenhouse & was able to get
up to 5 feet of growth in that first season. I'm gonna get that a try this
year, normally I'm pulling them out of the greenhouse this time of the year
& my trees are usually 6" to a foot tall after the first season.

And a question for the pawpaw experts. Why do all of my pawpaw seedling
germinate & curl under the ground quite a bit before going upright? Is
there a method to planting the seeds so the trees shoot straight up?


On Tue, May 24, 2011 at 6:51 AM, <> wrote:

> In a message dated 5/24/2011 3:45:50 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> writes:
> > I'm going to order some shade cloth for some pawpaw seedlings in my
> > nursery yard (as well as some other potted plants) and wondered what the
> ideal %
> > shading might be for them. I'll probably order from Grower's Supply,
> > where I have choices from 30% shading up to 90% shading. Does anyone
> have
> > suggestions based on research (or, lacking that, experience)?
> Hi Leslie,
> I'm unaware of any research to determine what percentage of shade is best.
> That could also vary from seedling to seedling.
> I can tell you what works well for me. I plant the seed where the tree is
> to be located. As soon as the seedling loop appears I place a 2 foot Tubex
> tube shelter over (around) it held in position by a wooden stake. If the
> seedling grows out of it the first year it is past the UV sensitivity stage
> and
> will survive but the Tubex is left on the keep from sun burning the leaves
> that were shaded. I generally also shade seedlings under 12 inches the
> second year and leave it on the rest of the summer. May not be needed the
> second
> year, but continue as a safety precaution. I provide no shade after that.
> Jerry
> __________

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