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Are You Growing Your Own Paw-Paws? How Are They Doing?

 
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I have a pair of paw paw trees that I bought a couple years ago as seedlings. I put them in pots because I don't have room for them in my yard and want to take them with me when we move. They are about four feet tall now and I got my first bloom this summer. I don't imagine they will ever fruit while they are in the pots, but maybe. I bought them after reading about them and becoming intrigued. I just tasted my first paw paw last weekend and can't wait to get fruit off of mine. The flavor of the one I tried was like pineapple with a touch of banana.
 
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I have two pawpaws I planted 4 years ago in my yard.  Just got the first two fruit this year, hoping for more next year.  I have one generic seedling and one "Shanandoah" named cultivar.  The seedling has grown much taller that the Shanandoah, it might be twice as tall.  But the Shanandoah gets a lot more flowers, and it was the one to set fruit this year.

Pawpaws have a long taproot, they might not survive many years in a pot, but maybe if you are moving soon you can just keep them alive long enough to get them in the ground.
 
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I have a few pawpaw trees. When I remember to manually pollinate them, I get a lot of fruit.  When I don't, like this year, I get some fruit but not a whole lot.
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I have two Pawpaws that I bought from Raintree two years ago. So far they only manage to put out a little new growth each year, but at least they are surviving. I'm planning on getting some more this next year and I just ordered some seeds to see if I cant get a few to sprout over the winter. I've only ever eaten a single pawpaw in my life and can't wait for my own.
 
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I received 4 small bare root plants from a kick starter but they were quite black when I received them and none of them grew.

Is there anyone willing to send me seed?
Every one I have asked only wants to send plants.
 
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we have 26 pawpaw trees along the creek that runs through the middle of our property. they're still young - no flowering yet - i think they've been in the ground for three growing seasons?. i've been fertilizing/mulching with black walnut hulls for the last couple years, which has really sped up growth (at least in those cases where they're not in too much shade). a few of the trees put on 3 or 3.5 feet of growth this year. interestingly, the grafted tress are struggling the most - barely growing, losing most of their leaves earlier. it looks like 6 will be ready for grafting in the spring (have to remember to bank some scion wood over the winter!). 2 came pre-grafted (peterson varieties). most of the trees are seedlings from an orchard of only cultivars, so the plan is to train them to double-leader and only graft one side over to known cultivars, so we can see what the fruit is like on the seedlings/rootstock.

i probably will have seed available. i have a big bed of seedlings, too, and am nearly maxed out for places to plant them here. i think i'll probably top out at 30.
 
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