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Too late to plant paw-paw and persimmon seeds this season?

 
Andrew Ray
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Here where I live in Slovakia we have a climate that is similar, I think, to Pennsylvania (some American friends from PA living in a nearby city remarked to me that everytime they call their parents that the weather conditions here and there are nearly identical). High this week will be about 80°F and the low last week 4°F (there is always a cold spell at the beginning of May, and now it should be past).

I made a mistake last year in that I ordered Paw-Paw (Asimina Triloba) seeds around this time, but had them delivered to my mother's house (Atlanta) and I don't know when exactly I planted them into a bed up in the field, but perhaps it was late June or early July even, and then there was hardly any rain all summer, so no seedlings at all.

I'm thinking now to order directly shipping from US to Slovakia, so probably two weeks to get here, and to plant out into the field directly where I want the trees to go. We have a 8 acre field with a gentle slope down to the east which I'll be fencing in this summer and want to do (on a small scale obviously) something like what Mark Shepherd does in restoration agriculture of the belts of trees/bushes alternating with belts of pasture.

So also then I would dig a shallow trench (either by hand (ugh) or get someone to plow with a single blade) following the contour lines as he describes and plant next to that.

But my fear is that I'm already too late to plant this spring, or at least it would be in two weeks when the seeds would get here.
 
Kelby Taylor
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Location: SE Pennsylvania, USA
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If they have been cold stratified, I don't think it's too late.

From personal experience PawPaw can be fickle to germinate. The one time I tried it took 2 years for the first seedling to come up.

FYI, neither plant likes being moved, so seed where they will be permanently.
 
Philip Perlman
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Location: Ulster County, NYS
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Andrew Ray wrote:Here where I live in Slovakia we have a climate that is similar, I think, to Pennsylvania (some American friends from PA living in a nearby city remarked to me that everytime they call their parents that the weather conditions here and there are nearly identical). High this week will be about 80°F and the low last week 4°F (there is always a cold spell at the beginning of May, and now it should be past).

I made a mistake last year in that I ordered Paw-Paw (Asimina Triloba) seeds around this time, but had them delivered to my mother's house (Atlanta) and I don't know when exactly I planted them into a bed up in the field, but perhaps it was late June or early July even, and then there was hardly any rain all summer, so no seedlings at all.

I'm thinking now to order directly shipping from US to Slovakia, so probably two weeks to get here, and to plant out into the field directly where I want the trees to go. We have a 8 acre field with a gentle slope down to the east which I'll be fencing in this summer and want to do (on a small scale obviously) something like what Mark Shepherd does in restoration agriculture of the belts of trees/bushes alternating with belts of pasture.

So also then I would dig a shallow trench (either by hand (ugh) or get someone to plow with a single blade) following the contour lines as he describes and plant next to that.

But my fear is that I'm already too late to plant this spring, or at least it would be in two weeks when the seeds would get here.


We tend to plant seeds in the fall as they take until the following July-August to begin to create a small stalk. You can order the seeds now, keep them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator with a moist paper towel and plant in the fall.

/* Philip */
 
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