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Questions About Paw Paw Trees

Asked by
Anonymous on
June 29, 2011

Q. Growing Paw Paw Trees in Maine

I want to grow Paw Paw (Asimina triloba) in a Zone 5 area. According to the zone map, I am in 5b. The temperatures sometimes drop below -20, so I’m thinking microclimate with companion plants. I have a large crabapple about 25′ from the house, on the southeast side, and a large arbovitae, about 30′ away, on the east side. As the paw paw is a part sun shrub, I’m thinking that this would be enough protection from ‘snaps’ that might go colder. What do you think?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 29, 2011
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Yes, this should provide suitable protection.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 13, 2012

Q. Planting Pawpaw Trees

I just got two Paw Paw trees, about two feet tall each. I live in Wisconsin, Zone 4, and want to see if I can get the trees to grow here. Can I plant them in pots and keep them indoors over the winter, then plant them outside this spring in a protected area?

Answered by
Nikki on
August 14, 2012
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Yes, that should be fine. As long as the trees have suitable protection.

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Asked by
judysboy on
November 19, 2013

Q. how to grow paw paw trees

Need info on how to grow and prune paw paw trees.

Answered by
Nikki on
November 20, 2013
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Asked by
Anonymous on
January 11, 2014

Q. Soil Preparation

Grateful if you could advise me on the preparation of the growing medium (soil) for pawpaw. I intend to do it in containers with following dimension 50 cm x 50 cm x 50 cm.

Answered by
Nikki on
January 11, 2014
Certified Expert
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Pawpaws are adaptable and will tolerate many different soils. The best soil for pawpaw, however, is a deep, humus-rich loam with good drainage. They do not tolerate water-logged soils. The soil acidity should be in the range of pH 5 to 7. Depending on the type of soil you have, the addition of organic matter (such as compost) will greatly enhance its fertility, as well as drainage. A good medium for container-grown pawpaws would be a medium to lightweight potting soil mix (generally, well-draining potting soil mixed with compost). Make certain the containers are at least 10 inches tall to accommodate the roots as the pawpaw grows. It produces a long tap root, which will eventually make it more difficult to grow in containers. Therefore, it may be better to put them in the ground. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/pawpaw/growing-pawpaw-trees.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 2, 2014

Q. mold on leaves

Mold has developed on my Paw Paw tree leaves. Will this affect the fruit? What do I do about this problem? Thank you.

Answered by
Heather on
October 2, 2014
Certified Expert
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You tree has a fungus and it is hard to say if it will directly affect the fruit. Some fungus do affect the fruit and some do not. I can safely say that even if the fungus does not attack the fruit, the quality of the fruit will be affected as the tree will expend energy on battling the fungus than growing its fruit. The best way to treat this is with a general fungicide. It is also a good idea to see about increasing airflow in and around the tree as this will help prevent the fungus from developing in the first place.

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Asked by
lindajobson on
October 16, 2015
Brisbane

Q. I have spots on my paw paws

My paw paw trees are growing well, but the fruit gets spots on them about halfway through their growth and ripening.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
October 20, 2015
Certified Expert
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Unfortunately the Paw Paw fruit is susceptible to Black Spot disease.
You can spray with Cooper spray prior to the onset of cooler weather.

Keeping your tree healthy will help if fight off this fungus.

Use a well balanced fruit fertilizer in the spring and autumn will ensure that your tree gets the nutrients it needs.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/pawpaw/growing-pawpaw-trees.htm

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Asked by
emma_catherine94 on
March 5, 2017
Australia

Q. Planting Paw Paw

I planted seeds from a red paw paw and have two trees with fruit now growing, but one is a red paw paw fruit tree, and the other yellow. How is this possible that I ended up with two different fruits? There is no possibility I planted any yellow seeds.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
March 5, 2017
Certified Expert
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The original Paw Paw Tree was likely a hybrid. The new seeds will produce some version of the original.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/pawpaw/growing-pawpaw-trees.htm

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