Pawpaw – Seedling
These pawpaw seedlings are grown by Michael Schimp of Three Acres Permaculture, near Cairo, Ontario. The seeds are all collected from the wild in Southwestern, Ontario. They are one year old, and about 6″ tall.
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These pawpaw seedlings are grown by Michael Schimp of Three Acres Permaculture, near Cairo, Ontario. The seeds are all collected in Southwestern, Ontario. They are one year old, and about 6″-8″ tall. Because they are seedlings, they can pollinate named varieties, and other seedlings. Michael really highly recommends growing them in shade for at minimum one year, and ideally 2 or more. In the early years, pawpaw grow better in shade, in later years, they will bare more fruit in full sun. A small tent out of row cover is one method of creating that shade, or you can use opaque tree guards that cover the whole tree such as those made by Plantra. (Product image is a copyright-free photo taken by Wendell Smith.)
Pawpaw is a truly magical fruit. The closest to a tropical fruit we can grow in Southern Ontario, where it is also a native plant. About the shape of a mango, with a similar skin, though the inner fruit is textured more like a banana. The taste is variously described as custard-like, banana-like, and mango-like and even sometimes like vanilla pudding. Pawpaw grows to various sizes, as tall as 25-30′, but the ones we sell are likely to be smaller than that, more like 12′-15′. The pawpaws we carry are varieties selected for their large and bountiful fruit harvests, and also for taste. They are grafted onto seed grown stock.
Latin Name: Asimina triloba
Site and Soil: Pawpaw likes 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Plant two varieties or a combination of seedlings and varieties for cross-pollination.
Hardiness: Zone 5
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 12-15 ft. in height
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: September-October
Yield: 30+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Pawpaw is not bothered by pests or diseases.