S Bengi wrote:I would say transplant your pawpaw in the fall. As long as the soil isn't frozen get them in.
Make the holes as big and deep as possible but don' amend the soil, you can top dress.
They love water, and compost, I just place a wormbin there and added compost daily.
I shaded mines, with white trash bags that I ripped.
Get the 12inch skiny pot when you buy them vs a regular (short pot).
I have another set (9plants) that I planted and they didn't get much babying.
Nice mulching, top dress with biochar, and they have natural afternoon shade.
There is another batch that is struggling/dead due to the wildlife (deer, critters)
They were not planted in the shade or in the fall either.
Pawpaw are only hardy to zone 5 so, look for a cultivar that was developed in a zone 5 area, and also provide it with some winter wind protection at least for the 1st year. It is also okay to prune them even while they are super short
Bryant RedHawk wrote:First and foremost pawpaw is an understory tree, do not try to plant one less than four years old in even almost full sun, they will get sunburned and die.
Look for: deep shade with evenly moist soil that stays that way even in draught times (not at the surface but within a foot of the surface).
This is where you want to plant either seeds or young trees, and no where else.
In Nature pawpaw trees are found along streams, not next to them but along them, usually around 20 to 50 feet from the stream bank.
There will be an over story that provided deep shade until the tree is old enough to reach some dappled sunlight, as the tree gets taller it will seek out more and more sun.
This is why most nature grown pawpaw trees are tall with only crown branches.
Miles Flansburg wrote:I got some seeds about three or four years ago for our place in Wyoming. I planted them in pots at the house in Denver. They all came up in the spring and "died" in the winter. I buried them pots and all in fall leaves. Next spring they came back up from the roots. They "died" and regrew three times! So maybe mulch the dead ones really well and see if they come back up next spring ?
I finally planted them, near a newly dug pond up at our Wyoming place , this fall, so we will see if they make it.
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