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Growing paw paw from seed questions

Posted by cckw 5 (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 6, 14 at 10:08

I have some paw paws in pots that I started from seeds. I have kept them in afternoon shade based on what I have read here. I would like to get them put out into full sun locations but they are only a few inches tall and have read the rule of thumb that they be shaded from the intense sun until 18".

Can I put them in those light blue grow tubes to get the protection needed?

These are seeds from native. Is there a rule of thumb as to when they can start fruiting?

Anything else to know about these?


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RE: Growing paw paw from seed questions

I'm growing them from seed also and most are about three years old,2-3 feet tall and they still suffer in direct sun.The new top growth is mostly affected.
I'm trying something I read from John Gordon Nursery in New York,by putting a white plastic trash bag over some stakes that surround the plant.The bag doesn't need to touch the ground.In the writing from the nursery,it said the young plants overheated above 80F. Brady


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RE: Growing paw paw from seed questions

Though not the cheapest way to go, a cylinder-shaped "fence" of 1/4" opening X 3 ft. tall hardware clothe can stand around young paw paw plants to greatly decrease the direct Sun light hitting leaf surfaces. Because of the steep angle of Summer Sunlight, the leaves will be getting mostly indirect light. I use a thin stake beside each hoop to tie it down so that something/someone won't easily knock it down on the young plants. You can fill the lower fence ring with mulch or decomposing leaves......As dinky as baby paw paw root systems can be, the leaves dry out faster than the roots can send replacement fluid upstream. I don't know if your tiny plants just might do better in the long run if you let them develop more before getting yanked out of the only home that they have known and planted in the tougher ground environment. They just don't have the same ambition and equipment to take over the world FAST like mulberries.


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RE: Growing paw paw from seed questions

Perhaps not aesthetically-pleasing, but functional - and it doesn't have to be there long... a plastic 5-gallon bucket, with the bottom cut out, and placed around the seedling will do a reasonable job shading and protecting from dessicating wind.


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RE: Growing paw paw from seed questions

I made chickenwire cages for mine, topped with two layers of windowscreen, and saw no sun damage.

My 12 seedlings were started in early 2010, planted in the ground in 2011. This year (their 5th season) a few of them flowered, one set fruit. On the current growth, I see flower buds on all 12. All except 1 have lots of flower buds (the 1 has just a few), so I expect at least most of them to set fruit next year, which will be their 6th growing season.

Alex


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RE: Growing paw paw from seed questions

Paw paws are an understory plant and as such can be grown in limited light for the first couple of years. I have 4 new plants that sprouted this spring in pots. I placed the pots under my hardy kiwi vines to protect them from direct sunlight. I have two 2-year old paw paw trees already in the ground that are not protected any longer and they are doing well.


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RE: Growing paw paw from seed questions

A cheap and effective shade idea that I have used is to hammer some stakes in the ground around your pawpaw. Then cut the bottom of a potato sack off and stable it over the stakes. I leave an opening at the bottom of the stakes to allow air circulation. BTW my oldest pawpaw has been in ground for 3 years and it still gets sun damage. I think in my climate they would do better with maybe 6 hours of sunlight verses all day.


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RE: Growing paw paw from seed questions

I use an apparently unusual solution.

I use shadecloth.

Made specifically for this purpose, manufactured by the square mile annually, and usually available at least in cheaper versions and small rolls in local garden centers.

A couple of established other plants in big pots closely surrounding the small pawpaw for a few years works too.


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RE: Growing paw paw from seed questions

Despite all the recommendations on shading them, I've always just planted them where I wanted 'em - usually as 2-3 yr old container-grown plants - and I usually have to whack off a bunch of circling roots in the bottom of the pot - and I never shade 'em - and they do just fine.


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