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2017 Wild Pawpaw Watch Thread
« on: February 27, 2017, 12:38:31 PM »
With the early warm weather in many areas, it seems like we're ready to start the pawpaw watch this year!

I was out visiting a tree yesterday in the Nashville area, and it already had flowers starting to emerge on some buds. Petals still green and tightly closed, but they had begun emerging from the fuzzy brown buds for sure.

We had a low of 28-29 F on Sunday morning, so not sure how they will be affected. Lows over the next 15 days are all above freezing except for one day that's currently predicted at 32F.

We had a mild winter last year too, and bumper crops of wild fruit in my area. Hoping for the same again, and fingers crossed for no late frosts.

Anyone else have updates yet?

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Re: 2017 Wild Pawpaw Watch Thread
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2017, 01:18:24 PM »
My yard trees' flowers are starting to open up. Out of three mature trees, only two are heavily covered with buds/flowers. The middle tree has only a few. A wild one I have up by the house also has only a few. Mild weather here in Raleigh NC. At this point they only predict low's of 28 this coming weekend and again next weekend. I will be too busy covering everybody else so the pawpaws will just have to snuggle up to keep warm.

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Re: 2017 Wild Pawpaw Watch Thread
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2017, 10:24:38 AM »
It appears the 2 nights in the 20's a couple of weeks ago have not really impacted the pawpaws here.

On Sunday I was checking on the same tree I mentioned earlier and it seemed fine...several flowers in receptive stages. I did not notice any pollinators, but I didn't have much time. I know last year the trees around here were just buzzing with lady bugs and flies, and we had a really good crop of wild fruit. The previous year i didn't notice much pollinator activity and the crop was low.


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Re: 2017 Wild Pawpaw Watch Thread
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2017, 10:15:27 PM »
Was out last weekend and trees are starting to leaf out and flowers are mostly winding down.
I do think some early flowers may've been zapped by the cold weather a couple weeks ago.


At this point it's pretty much a waiting game until July or so. I've seen a lot of fruit drop in May/June before. So even early "fruitlets " are not necessarily indicative of much.

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Re: 2017 Wild Pawpaw Watch Thread
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2017, 08:10:45 AM »
I'm afraid it's not going to be a good year for wild pawpaws in Middle Tennessee.

I was out in the woods yesterday, and there were hardly any "fruitlets" to be seen.

Instead what I saw were a lot of flowers that looked freeze-dried - dark and shriveled. I'm afraid the very warm February followed by 2 nights of hard freeze temps may have done-in the crop this year.

On the interior of the forest, the more shaded trees had a couple of baby fruits. The trees on the edge had been coaxed by the sunlight into flowering sooner and thus were more impacted by the freeze, presumably.

There were some healthy-looking flowers still in bloom in a few places. Maybe these will produce some fruit.

On a positive note, I made 7 cleft grafts of PA Golden, Overleese, Wells, and Taytwo out in the wild patch. Not very experienced with this, so we'll see how it goes...

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Re: 2017 Wild Pawpaw Watch Thread
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2017, 03:12:05 AM »
In the Wild do Paw Paw trees reproduce by suckers? Somewhere i read that few trees can make a little bush sharing the same roots..is it true?

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Re: 2017 Wild Pawpaw Watch Thread
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2017, 11:12:11 AM »
In the Wild do Paw Paw trees reproduce by suckers? Somewhere i read that few trees can make a little bush sharing the same roots..is it true?

Absolutely. They definitely produce suckers in the wild, though I have never seen a pawpaw "bush." The suckers look just like seedlings and will come up a few feet away from the main plant. They do not come from the base of the parent tree. So basically you get what we call a "patch" - a bunch of small trees in a small (or large) area.

Here's a picture of a forest with several pawpaws growing in the understory:


They will also sucker in a home or orchard setting, but if they are in full sun I believe it dramatically slows the suckering.

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Re: 2017 Wild Pawpaw Watch Thread
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2017, 11:23:40 AM »
Maybe the wild fruits here won't be as sparse as I had feared. There are several fruits out there but still not as many as last year.

I ended up with 7 total grafts in the wild, and it looks like 5 of them have made it (this far, at least).
Here are a few:







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Re: 2017 Wild Pawpaw Watch Thread
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2017, 12:47:03 PM »
What's the reason for grafting? Do you not have trees on your own property? From a conservation stand point I can't help but feel like this is a threat to the genetic diversity of the PawPaws in that area. Most might not see this as an issue but it's important to preserve the genetics of wild populations as they are.

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Re: 2017 Wild Pawpaw Watch Thread
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2017, 10:37:10 AM »
The wild pawpaws here in west central FL have already flowered and fruited. Not sure what kind they are but are short 2-3' tall bushes.

 

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