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Can pawpaw be grown in Twin Cities area?
« on: June 10, 2019, 09:07:50 PM »
Not sure if this is too cold for them.

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Re: Can pawpaw be grown in Twin Cities area?
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2019, 09:35:49 PM »
Might be a little to cold for allready a verry cold hardy tree.Id still try it thogh but in a microclimate between otther trees and sheltered from wind.The wind plus the cold dessicates them.Buy only potted pawpaw not bare rooted and add mulch.
The american persimmon( D Virginiana) its another native american fruit and its more cold hardy than the paw paws like solid zone 4 while Asimina its a zone 5.

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Re: Can pawpaw be grown in Twin Cities area?
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2019, 09:28:19 AM »
Yeah I think there is conflicting info on, for example, the natural range of pawpaw.
I'm not an expert in climatology or geography, but they do grow in Ontario and Michigan, pretty high up there.

I'm with SeaWalnut - if it were me, i would definitely try it.

I'd recommend painting the trunks with white latex paint to prevent sunscald in the winter.

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Re: Can pawpaw be grown in Twin Cities area?
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2019, 01:13:03 PM »
Is there a particular cultivar that is the most cold hardy that I should try?

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Re: Can pawpaw be grown in Twin Cities area?
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2019, 09:14:22 PM »
Is there a particular cultivar that is the most cold hardy that I should try?

By some accounts NC-1 might be a solid choice. Grows fine in Ontario evidently and even ripens in September there.
This is an older but time-tested variety.
Other varieties from Corwin Davis (such as Davis) might be good since they were selected in Michigan.


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Re: Can pawpaw be grown in Twin Cities area?
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2019, 09:52:06 PM »
Other Davis selections:
Prolific
Taylor
Taytwo

PA Golden #3 is reported to be extra cold hardy.

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Re: Can pawpaw be grown in Twin Cities area?
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2019, 10:13:25 PM »
For cold hardy pawpaws i would look into the ripening time of different cultivars.Somme get ripe faster ,otthers take longer.
The trees might be cold hardy but with unripe fruits so chose the ones that have the shortest ripening time.

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Re: Can pawpaw be grown in Twin Cities area?
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2019, 08:39:52 AM »
For cold hardy pawpaws i would look into the ripening time of different cultivars.Somme get ripe faster ,otthers take longer.
The trees might be cold hardy but with unripe fruits so chose the ones that have the shortest ripening time.

Good point, yes. Some or all of the varieties mentioned above are supposedly early. England's Nursery in Kentucky has unique varieties that claim to be very early if you check out their website. Summer Delight, for example.

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Re: Can pawpaw be grown in Twin Cities area?
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2019, 07:28:13 PM »
While I was in Winnipeg in early 1960s I heard about pawpaws / Michigan bananas growing wild in the southern border Lake areas. These areas fall in USDA 3. Thousands of lakes there. I used to see the weather report of -40 F in Winnipeg and while at the same time Minneapolis and St Paul was recorded as -25! My impression of pawpaw that time was as seem to be growing in East of the Rockies of Canada throughout sporadically wild (NOT PLANTED)in the nowadays USDA zone 2b to zone 5 of Canada. You may get plants from nurseries from the Lake area states which includes your neighbor Wisconsin and Northern Michigan. Grafted plants should yield fruits in about 5 years. You have high water table and if you live near Mississippi river or some creeks and streams it will be great for the tap roots. I would keep it from direct sunlight for at least 3 years. good luck.

 

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