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  • From: sherwin <>
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  • Subject: Re: [nafex] My plan to move a pawpaw root sucker
  • Date: Sat, 29 Jun 2013 15:06:12 -0500


I have obtained several Paw Paw plants from a friend using this technique
of cutting off root suckers. I did this at various times of the growing season,
so I don't know if it helps to wait for dormancy to take effect. I will say that
of the several plants I took from the mother trees, less than half survived.
I was able to repeat this operation in following years, and now I have about
six Paw Paws growing from this method that are about 3 feet high now.

I think the success rate depends on whether the root sucker has achieved some
type of independence from the mother tree. As far as I know, there is no easy
way to predict this. Repeated attempts finally gave me the result I needed.

Sherwin Dubren
Morton Grove, IL

On 6/29/2013 2:22 PM, Elizabeth Hilborn wrote:
I have a very vigorous 1 foot high root sucker in my pawpaw bed. My plan
is to wait until leaf drop, cut all lateral roots with a sharp shovel
about 1 foot from the stem. Then after leaf drop in fall 2014, lift the
root ball out, capturing as much tap root as I can manage and transplant
it to its new location.

What do folks think of my plan? Does anyone have experience
transplanting root suckers? I would love input as I do have to eliminate
this plant in its current location, and I would like to use it.

Betsy Hilborn
7a NC Where all the fruit tastes watery because of our abundant rains

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