Grow a champion pawpaw! Once a staple in Native American and early settlers diets, the pawpaw is now considered a rare delicacy. This tropical-flavored treat is the largest fruit native to North America. Most available pawpaw seed is obtained from wild, small, random seedling sources of greatly mixed and questionable genetic quality. Not our seeds! Offered is a mix of domesticated pawpaw genetic lines for optimal cross-pollination that results in large size (average 8-16+ ounces), excellent flavor, and premium quality. Peaceful Heritage Nursery is a rare fruit tree nursery and mini-farm located in Stanford, KY. Seeds are shipped in special controlled conditions for easier germination. Includes detailed growing tips.
PLEASE READ THESE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY AND FOLLOW CLOSELY OR FAILURE MAY RESULT. Pawpaws are easy to grow but take special care the first few years, and when starting the seed. Pawpaw seeds must never dry out, freeze or dehydrate. This kills the seed. Remove your fresh seeds from their bag and plant immediately, or leave in the bag with moist material, in the fridge until ready. Plant seeds immediately under 1 inch of potting soil in containers and keep consistently moist (but not soaking wet), keep warm (around 70-82 F) and dark, out of direct light. Potting mix should be very light and fluffy with perlite or similar material. Seeds first grow roots, then the tops show. Roots emerge in about 1-3 weeks from planting, expect tops to show in about 6-10 weeks from planting. BE PATIENT! Do not attempt to dig them up and check them! This can kill them. The tops will show eventually, but it can take a few months. Remember to keep constantly moist and out of freezing temperatures. If the seeds or potting mix dries out, it will kill the plant. Seeds can also be direct-sown after all danger of frost, in May-June outside in prepared seed beds or holes. Plant shallowly about 2 inches deep and keep moist. Seedling pawpaws must be shaded until about 3 years old or will get sunburned and die. 3-foot tall chicken wire tubes covered in cloth or cheesecloth work well. Make sure the cloth is securely fastened. Annually fertilize from April-July with a balanced organic fertilizer high in potash and nitrogen and keep roots mulched, moist but not wet. Pawpaws should start fruiting from seed in about 4-6 years depending on care given and rate of growth. More than 1 seedling is need to get fruit set. Plant pawpaws closely together (8-12 FT apart.) This is necessary for cross-pollination. Make sure your trees do not get direct sunlight until they are about 3 feet tall. This can be done with commercial tree tubes or any improvised way of keeping the trees in shade. Three-foot tall chicken wire baskets covered with several layers of cheescloth or greenhouse shade cloth attached with clothespins works very well. Full sun kills young saplings, as does hot, dry weather with no irrigation or drought.