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    Waited 5 years for Paw Paws

    Paw Paw trees are hard to grow, or so I've read and heard. About five years ago I bought a pair from a magazine and planted them under a tree I intended to have cut down. They burn if they aren't planted under shade. After two years, I hired an arborist to very carefully cut the tree between them down.

    I finally found several flower buds on them!! I'm so excited about it. These aren't the tiny little wild kind, these are those new fangled fancy domesticated kind that should produce large fruit. I think one is a Sunflower and the other is a Shenandoah or Mango. I planted other varieties and covered them but they died. The only two that lived are the ones planted under a tree. They need good drainage and plenty of water.

    If I get any fruit to set I will post pics in late summer.

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    Originally posted by Harlequin View Post
    Paw Paw trees are hard to grow, or so I've read and heard. About five years ago I bought a pair from a magazine and planted them under a tree I intended to have cut down. They burn if they aren't planted under shade. After two years, I hired an arborist to very carefully cut the tree between them down.

    I finally found several flower buds on them!! I'm so excited about it. These aren't the tiny little wild kind, these are those new fangled fancy domesticated kind that should produce large fruit. I think one is a Sunflower and the other is a Shenandoah or Mango. I planted other varieties and covered them but they died. The only two that lived are the ones planted under a tree. They need good drainage and plenty of water.

    If I get any fruit to set I will post pics in late summer.
    A prepper friend sent me seeds to try, but I procrastinated and didnt get them planted.....
    Go Space Force!!!

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      what do they taste like?
      Tuesday is soylent green day

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        #4
        I've never had them. What are they like?
        I don't know.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Mayaca View Post

          A prepper friend sent me seeds to try, but I procrastinated and didnt get them planted.....
          I convinced an ebayer to sell me a variety of the fruits and kept the seeds in the fridge too long. I don't know if any will germinate. I have plenty left of some great varieties. I'd be happy to mail you some if they end up being fertile. I won't know for a few more weeks. I've got Mango and Shenandoah left. I planted about 30 to see what happens. Fkn procrastinators!!!

          I thought I better add that since they are seeds they will be a cross between good varieties, but not truly one named cultivar. They have to be grafted to be an actual Mango or Shenandoah.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Night View Post
            I tried several varieties and I liked Mango the best. They are very yellow and are like a mushy mango. They smell wonderful. I'm hoping I get used to them, lol. They weren't the best fruit I've tried but being a prepper made me want to plant many kinds of fruit trees to cover our dietary needs should shtf. Paw paw are very nutritious.

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              #7
              Originally posted by gamgee View Post
              I've never had them. What are they like?
              The trees are very nicely shaped and stay small. The leaves have a tropical look. The fruit sets in groups of 2 or 3. The problem is that deer love them so I will have to fence them in when they start smelling ripe. The don't taste as good if they don't ripen on the tree. Some are green shelled when ripe, some are more yellow.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Harlequin View Post

                I tried several varieties and I liked Mango the best. They are very yellow and are like a mushy mango. They smell wonderful. I'm hoping I get used to them, lol. They weren't the best fruit I've tried but being a prepper made me want to plant many kinds of fruit trees to cover our dietary needs should shtf. Paw paw are very nutritious.

                Did you listen to the song?
                Tuesday is soylent green day

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Night View Post


                  Did you listen to the song?
                  Is there a paw paw tree song? I think I remember listening to it once.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Harlequin View Post
                    I'd be happy to mail you some if they end up being fertile.

                    Maybe. Keep me posted. Thanks!

                    Go Space Force!!!

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Mayaca View Post


                      Maybe. Keep me posted. Thanks!
                      What a polite way to say "fuck off, creeper!"

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Harlequin View Post

                        What a polite way to say "fuck off, creeper!"

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                          #13
                          Waiting on trees to do something...test of true patience.

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                            #14
                            Pawpaws are also called papayas, so if you've had papayas you've had pawpaws.

                            They're delicious if ripe. don't eat the seeds... tropical fruits.

                            I generally will get a couple of pawpaws and a couple of mangoes at the supermarket each week. In winter I also get feijoas and tamarilloes. Harlequin if you can get your hands on those as well they're delicious and winter fruiting. Tamarilloes don't like frost, but feijoas are frost hardy.

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                              #15
                              Abs, you've been smoking that wacky weed again. Our paw paws are completely different from what you get down there. I think y'all get messed up hanging upside down on the bottom of the world.
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