Asimina triloba (Pawpaw) [10 Seeds]

$4.25

Germination Information: The seeds will ship in a bit of moist paper towel so they do not dry out during shipping. Plant them right away.

I recommend these only for gardeners who have experience with seeds that need a chilling period to germinate. Sow the large, brown seeds about 1/2 inch deep in pots outdoors or in a nursery bed in fall to early winter. I have also had good luck getting them started by mixing them with a handful or two of moist vermiculite in a plastic bag, storing it in a refrigerator for about 3 months, and then setting it in a room-temperature spot out of direct sun. Check the bag every week or so, picking out individual seeds as they show signs of sprouting and planting them in deep pots. They quickly develop a taproot, though, so try not to keep them in the pots for more than a few weeks, if possible. Or, you could try planting the sprouted seeds directly in prepared spots where you want the trees to grow. They will need careful attention, though, and protection from animals.

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Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) would be worth growing just as an ornamental, with a handsome pyramidal habit; deep green leaves; and yellow fall color. This deciduous tree is also a food source for the larvae of zebra swallowtail butterfly. Its main attraction, though, is its large, edible fruits. They look totally unappealing from the outside, with thin, greenish yellow, black-speckled skin, but when you cut open a ripe pawpaw, you’ll find soft yellow flesh that has a rich strawberry-banana flavor and a powerful, sweet fragrance. You generally need at least two seedlings for cross-pollination, and you may find (as I have) that hand-pollinating—using a small, soft brush to move pollen from one tree to the receptive flowers of another—can encourage better fruit set. Usually reaching somewhere around 15 to 25 feet tall, and spreading by root suckers to form broad patches, pawpaw is native to the southeastern United States. Full sun to partial shade; average to moist but well-drained soil. Zones 5 to 9.

2021-collected seeds sold out. I hope to collect again in October 2022. At least 10 seeds. These seeds have been cleaned and immediately stored in moist paper towel at room temperature.

Please read the germination information as well before ordering.

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