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Pawpaw, Premium Giant Mix

         
 
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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.

 
Pawpaw, Premium Giant Mix
Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 17
Easy to Grow 2.5
EarlyMaturity 1.5

82.4% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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13 out of 13 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Susan
Location:
WHITMORE LAKE, MI, United States
Date:
September 4, 2019
          5.0
 
Paw Paw growing
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Worth all your efforts

What are the cons? They are a challenge

Review:

I was thrilled to see that you offer Paw Paw seeds. In the past I ordered plants from other companies; they died or were eaten by the deer. Then I got some seeds at a farmer's market, ate the fruit, & actually got a seed to grow. But my real success was from the fruit brought into the US from Canada ( it was the guys lunch and came with seeds). It sprouted after I had nurtured, pampered and then gave up but out of habit just kept watering the empty pot. It is now 6 feet tall, fenced in, and I hope for fruit next year. My other living tree is almost 3' tall and struggles. (It doesn't transplant well.) I read the reviews and got lots of helpful advice. I will order your seeds, store in the refrigerator over winter, then start in the shade greenhouse, and enlarge my fenced in area and plant them down by the pond. Also note that my coldest winter temps have been -20 to -30degrees and I have 2 living trees.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

5 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Beach Bummer
Location:
Rockaway Beach, OR, United States
Date:
August 30, 2019
          3.0
 
I failed
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Shipped in a damp bag

What are the cons? Didn’t grow

Review:

I failed spectacularly. I put them in tall, dark containers and topped them with foil to keep out the light and placed them in a warm location and waited. And waited. I periodically removed the foil to check for sprouts. Nothing. After about 6 months I unearthed the seeds and found them to be unsprouted and spilling with some sort of larvae. I can only assume that the soil I placed them in was too damp and apparently bearing eggs of fungus gnats (I bought a bad bag of seed starting mix to which these apparently where also victims.) As the seed was shipped damp in cool weather, I have no reason to believe it shouldn’t have been viable. Make sure your mix is clean and not too wet, don’t do it like me! I might try again later but I am not sure these would even bear fruit in my climate if I got them to grow. My ambitions sometimes overcome common sense! :p

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

28 out of 28 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
CountryboyAL
Location:
Huntsville, AL, United States
Date:
July 7, 2019
          5.0
 
A few pointers
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Trees look cool!

What are the cons? Have to eat them quickly

Review:

I'll be buying some this fall so I can expand the types we already have. Plant them in the fall for best results, then forget about them until next June or July as they won't put up leaves until the tap root grows for a while. I plant them with 3-5 five seeds in a Pecan planting pot about 18 inches deep, and sink the whole pot into a hole in the ground to pull up later for separation and transplanting. You can skip this if you are planting where they will stay forever. I put mine under a tree that is large enough they get dappled sunlight all day, and have always had good success. BTW, Pawpaw trees are the host plant for Zebra Swallowtail butterflies, and we have hundreds live and grow on ours every year!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

29 out of 29 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Avant Gardener
Location:
Somerville, MA, United States
Date:
June 9, 2019
          4.0
 
Tricky to sprout but fun plant
Easy to Grow 2.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? Shipped, prepared, packed well

What are the cons? Fussy about moisture, pot

Review:

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.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

44 out of 45 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Rarefare
Location:
Smithsburg, MD, United States
Date:
May 17, 2019
          3.0
 
Stratification
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? Pawpaw trees are interesting

What are the cons? Slow growers

Review:

I grow Pawpaw trees so I thought I would mention to the people having trouble getting them to sprout that Pawpaw seeds need to be stratified before they will grow. If you aren’t familiar with the process, it just means that they are a deciduous tree adapted to cold climates, so the seeds need to kept moist in the refrigerator to simulate a winter season. Pawpaw fruit ripens between September and October, the fruit drops, and the seeds wait out the winter. If they do not go through this cold period, they will not sprout. Have fun, Pawpaw trees are a unique and very interesting addition to your yard.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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