Holy cow those are productive compared to the wild pawpaws around here! The place where I forage has a total of about 3 acres dominated by pawpaw trees, and I’m lucky to find 2 dozen fruits a year.
It also looks like your fruits have fewer seeds than the ones around here.
You need to graft another variety on one of those tree then you will get a ton of pawpaws.
What is the prognosis for the pawpaws I have in pots that I planted this spring and are just starting to poke out now? If I bring them in once we have had frost will they be OK?
If they are too tender to handle the hard frost then I would bring them in a unheated garage and let them go into dormant as Winter set in…
I would advise you immediately carefully plant out those tap-roots now, if you intend to plant them.
If you want to keep them in pots, then yes: into the garage or basement.
Pawpaws drop long dangling taproots. The roots are VERY fragile. For pot culture, they require huge tall pots.
Slow development of the surface growth for the first couple years is normal.
As Tony said, wait until winter sets in to either bring them into your garage. You should allow them to be outside until the snow starts flying, or, when a period of 2-weeks or more allows dormancy to set in. All any woody plant requires is 2-weeks.
Basement should be ok if you were to keep them in a dark area in a basement that is not-heated. Otherwise, non-tropical or semi-tropical woody plants really should not be kept in a basement. Your best bet is an unheated garage or to sink the pots into a temporary bed and mulch over them. You’re always taking a risk with mice or voles or rabbits or whatever when you sink pots into the ground, but… it is the best way to overwinter potted plants.
You choose. An unheated garage or sunk into the ground.
If for some reason you do lose them over winter, next time direct sow your seeds in June where you want to grow them. Right now as seed is being collected, you should extract the seeds and immediately put them in moist (not damp) media in your refrigerator. Pawpaws will not germinate in your fridge. I’ve stored pawpaw seeds for two years in my fridge w/o a single one germinating.
Planting the seeds late in June is the correct time.
I really love pawpaw! Trying to freeze some and limit consumption to two per day. My family is saving seeds as well. These are sweet and delicious, about as near to a perfect fruit as I’ve ever eaten! We’ve eaten these since before I went to kindergarten. We certainly don’t get a chance every year to harvest them. My grandfather could grow these, persimmon and sassafras among others in his backyard. When I eat them I think of my grand parents , extended family and old times long since forgotten by most people.
Seeing this makes me think I’d like to give pawpaws a try. Just Fruit and Exotics carries them. They have a variety called gainesville that supposedly does well down here.
I would definately try it they are gorgeous trees but most require a lot of chill hours so your right to look for low chill types.
A couple photos from this past weekend to Starved Rock State Park in Illinois.
Getting out of my car and walking 10 or 20 ft. I came upon the trail sign and pawpaws. I was stoked! As I went into the forest more and more pawpaws were to be seen. Then, as I looked just about every direction toward the end of the short hike there are pawpaws everywhere. Some as tall I’m guessing as 50 ft. Of course I spent a lot of time shaking as many trees as possible, but, I had to of been a few weeks late. I wanted to eat just one!
Ottawa Canyon Trail
Daisy, my pawpaw trailblazer expert:
Here’s a 50 footer:
Looking up into the canopy of this 50 footer:
Lots of sand where most grew:
Maybe next year you can visit that place in the first week of September. There should be fruits on those trees. You can bring a roll of black electric tape to mark a good large fruited tree and come back in March to harvest your own wild pawpaw scions.
I like the marking idea, Tony.
I’ll definitely be going back next year. In fact, thanks for the reminder of when to go. I’ll mark my calendar right now.
Not sure where to put this.
I agree they are not safe in large quantity like most fruit. I will sell the extras and I consume 1-2 per day during season. I did freeze some of them.
Thats definitely the perfect spot Dax. When you get there at the perfect time I bet they are loaded! Next year I’m sure you will harvest a bunch of them.
Steve, I imagine this is the video you saw.
Neal Peterson at KSU with Sherri Crabtree demonstrating the rind graft/ bark inlay method.
I credit Peterson as bringing pawpaw back to the American conscious. The varieties he has selected and bred have vastly improved the taste and texture of the fruit. I also wonder what kind of tremors are bothering him. I suppose this is a private matter. If it were Parkinsons, it would be alarming and discouraging. I briefly met Neal at a pawpaw event last year, and personally thanked him for his contributions to the community.
Have anyone noticed that Neal hands tremors pretty badly? I wondered if it had anything to do with his consumption of pawpaws all these year or he just got Parkinson’s disease?
Matt- Yes, he’s a great guy.