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Tropicaltoba

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How far North has someone grown a pawpaw?
« on: April 10, 2023, 09:01:29 PM »
Iím trying to find out how far North you can successfully grow a paw paw fruit? Hardiness is one thing but it think they also need many frost free days that are hot. Iíve been able to keep a small tree alive in zone 3 for one winter but flowering 2 trees and getting fruit is another thing all together. Iím looking for some success stories.

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Re: How far North has someone grown a pawpaw?
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2023, 10:51:48 PM »
In a similar topic, I'm curious how far South someone is growing them.

In Southern Alabama, I planted tiny grafted trees, they took the 10 F lows in stride their first year in the ground, most of my other fruit trees fried.

I'm curious how well your trees do in subsequent years.

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Re: How far North has someone grown a pawpaw?
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2023, 07:00:10 AM »
I have 4 pawpaws. South Texas 29į latitude. They survive, but that's about all. About 8 yrs in ground. Less than 3 feet tall. Summer burns them up. D

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Re: How far North has someone grown a pawpaw?
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2023, 09:42:18 AM »
Tropicaltoba, the answer is "as far North as you want! In your greenhouse..."

Seriously, though, the NRCS Plant database map shows the native range well up into Ontario.

https://www.wildedible.com/pawpaws#range

Maybe you could  get them well established in your greenhouse then transplant them to a sheltered location. I started mine that way and they are doing well now in the yard. I am in zone 6.

Good luck!

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Re: How far North has someone grown a pawpaw?
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2023, 01:33:11 PM »
Ha ha, I tried already unsuccessfully. I probably only get 200chill hours max. We get few clouds in January and my gh temps get over 80F I think it shuts down all the chilling. So inside I can go as low as zone 7 (feijoias) and outside I can push zone 4/5 but I donít think I get enough frost free days to grow peaches and pawpaws. Perhaps I need another greenhouse.

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Re: How far North has someone grown a pawpaw?
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2023, 05:30:53 PM »
Tropicaltoba, the answer is "as far North as you want! In your greenhouse..."

Seriously, though, the NRCS Plant database map shows the native range well up into Ontario.

https://www.wildedible.com/pawpaws#range

Maybe you could  get them well established in your greenhouse then transplant them to a sheltered location. I started mine that way and they are doing well now in the yard. I am in zone 6.

Good luck!

Carolyn

There are towns named after pawpaws in Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Its natural range suggests its really happy in zone 6 and will dabble in zone 5. This suggests a default hardiness similar to apples, pears, peaches, and sour cherries.

Its range along the Great Lakes shorelines suggests it's okay with not a ton of heat, so long as winters aren't too cool. Alternatively, its presence in the southern Midwest into the Plains suggests it can take a fair amount of cold and wind, so long as the summers are warm and humid. It appears to not love drought. This is consistent with a natural range that seems to follow the Ohio River watershed.

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Re: How far North has someone grown a pawpaw?
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2023, 09:01:00 AM »
. . .Perhaps I need another greenhouse.

Duh. OF COURSE you need another greenhouse! You can never have too many greenhouses.

Carolyn

 

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