What are the pros? Shipped, prepared, packed well
What are the cons? Fussy about moisture, pot
I find pawpaw plants incredibly neat, and so was very excited to try these. I received seven seeds, successfully germinates one seedling which is now growing happily at the back of my indoor porch garden in strong but indirect sun. Taproot emerged after about a month, seedling broke ground in around 9 weeks. Of the six other seeds, none ever sent out a root. Upon review, I have determined that the containers I used (takeout containers with holes in the bottom) didn’t have enough drainage, and in keeping them moist the seeds stayed _too moist_ and rotted.
A tip: in addition to moisture and drainage being key, plant them in a deep container, at least 6 inches or so. The tap root is huge relative to the plant, and needs space. I had to do an emergency transplant before the seedling emerged in order to accommodate it. Lastly, some may fail to ditch the seed coat when emerging, if so you may need to gently detach it. Pawpaws naturally lack seed leaves, a mostly bare sprout is normal.
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