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Pawpaws with seaberry in forested clusters?  RSS feed

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I have a few questions about planting pawpaws. These questions apply to one year seedlings started in trays.

should seedlings started in trays be transplanted as soon as possible? if so, permanently sited or repotted?

(Most of this is from a Sustainable World podcast with Michael Judd of Oekologia, W. Va.)  I understand that they like damp soil, but not wet feet. Planting adjacent to a riparian area has been recommended. They should be spaced 10’ apart and shaded for the first 1-3 years of their lives, then exposed to full sun. Co-planting with nitrogen fixers (MJ used leadplant from our pals at Oikos...must be some Greek name cult) is a good idea. this podcast also got me thinking that one year seedlings started in trays have poor transplant prospects.

So, is an orchard or forest-cluster planting preferred? I'm going to plant some of them on swales per MJ's recommendation.

What do you all think of planting them at the bottom of a slope and in a wet ravine, in an alder/salmonberry complex area so wet that alder regularly fall over? Clearing glades in the forest, planting pawpaw with seaberry, waiting 2-3 years then cutting down the alder to clear the shade and provide a burst of nitrogen?

We have 66” of rain yearly but it’s a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers. That worries me but this area is the wettest I have. I’m also not sure the seaberry will like waiting 2-3 years for the full sun it craves, though hopefully there is enough moisture down there that I won’t have to irrigate. I’m told early seaberry plantings need irrigation in summer.

Thoughts appreciated!
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