Pawpaw Seeds (Asimina triloba) - Improved
(Asimina triloba) Improved. Deciduous. Zones 5-8.
Although threatened by deforestation, this luxurious native tree is making a big come back!
The Pawpaw grows to around 20 feet in height and bears scrumptious, 5 inch, seemingly exotic fruit. The only thing that comes close is the South American cherimoya, sometimes found at specialty produce markets. Pawpaw flesh is soft and creamy, but lighter than that of an avocado, and oh so sweet!
Pawpaw trees have a medium growth rate and may bear fruit as early as four years.
These seed were harvested from Pawpaw orchards and will yield considerably larger and more flavourful fruit than their wild counterparts.
We recommend Expedited / Xpresspost if you order Pawpaw Seeds in the Winter. This can help to lessen their time spent in frigid temperature. Seeds will die if temperatures reach below -10C.
Cold Hardiness: Zones 5-8
Size: Small Tree
Growth Rate: Medium
Nitrogen Fixer: No
Native Plant: Yes
Germination: 60 - 80%
Sun Requirements: Partial shade. Pawpaws are an understory tree and the young trees need shade to survive and thrive. Full sun will kill baby pawpaw trees! Older trees do fine in the sun, so if you don't have a shady spot, you can build your saplings a simple shelter for their first couple years. We've build very minimal, fir bow structures which has worked beautifully.
Soil Preference: Moist, but well draining. Rich soil.
- Soak Seeds 24 hrs. Follow 90 days cold, moist stratification. For more information on stratification, check out our article "How To Start Your Tree Seeds".
*If you are doing the cold period in your fridge, please check on your seeds. 90 days is an estimate & they may sprout sooner.*
- Plant stratified seeds in pots or a nursery bed using standard potting soil. Heat mats are NOT required & can hinder germination!
* Please note that you may not see sprouts for a while. The plant will send down a long long taproot first. Once that is established it will work on growing above the ground. This can take 6 months or so.
- Protect young tree seedlings from slugs, cutworms & rodents. Slugs especially can eat primary leaves as soon as they come up, so be vigilant!
Available direct from Incredible Seeds, a Canadian Heirloom and Heritage Seed Company, offering only the best natural, non-GMO, open pollinated and untreated seeds, located in Mi'kma'ki / Nova Scotia.
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