Paw Paw trees

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by vancom, Dec 7, 2006.

  1. vancom

    vancom Well-Known Member

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    Saw an ad for these--when I was young, way back when, we'd go pick paw paws up in West Virgina where I grew up. Can't really remember the taste, but think it was something between a pear and a banana??

    Anyway, I live south of Nashville, and I'm thinking about planting 2. We have no other fruit but blackberries (keep your fingers crossed) and blueberries (ditto) and know it is too cold for peaches and too low/hot for apples (others' experiences here).

    So maybe paw paws??

    Vanessa
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  2. Pat

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    I'm trying Paw Paws for the 3rd (and last time). They seem picky about amount of sun - plus don't like to be transplanted.

    Don't understand about apples and peaches. Shenandoah Valley in Virginia is further north than y'all and has outstanding apples. I know of peaches in Illinois. (Apples usually are zones 4 - 8 and most peaches are zones 5 - 8). Vintage Virginia Apples ...from the rich orchard heritage of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains ((should be about the same climate and zone as you are)) http://www.vintagevirginiaapples.com/ has a contact me. I'll bet they can suggest apples that would work for you. There are several nurseries that carry peaches etc. that I'd bet would work too. (even some cherries).

    Regards

    Pat
     

  3. shadowwalker

    shadowwalker Well-Known Member

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    I'm east of nashville and grow peaches, plums, apples, paw paw, ect. So far doing good. Paw paw need to have shade most of the time if it is a new transplant. And with the taproot it dosn't transplant well. I use a window screen to keep the most of the direct sun off for the first two or three years.
     
  4. vancom

    vancom Well-Known Member

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    East and north of Nashville most fruit-bearing trees some to grow well. Seems no one successfully grows peaches, apples, pears or cherries here. The summers are too hot, with either no rain for days on end, or nothin gbut rain (and with the heat you get rot.) Tomatoes, squash, oh yeah. Just not the stuff I grew up with in northern WV (maybe I should move??)

    I'm not sold on the paw paw so maybe I'll just settle for those lovely GA peaches that are trucked in every year....


    Vanessa
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  5. Pat

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    You sound like you are giving up way to easily. Yes, the first year you have to water (5 - 10 gallons per tree any week you don't get a inch of rain). If you have some trees that really didn't take off the first year, I'd water the same amount the 2nd. If after that they don't make it, they make good kindling wood.

    I'll bet the neighbors whose trees don't produce are not gardeners. They go to Lowes or Home Depot and buy the Granny Smith, Delicious Apples etc. They don't prune the tree after they buy it, and don't break the root ball either.

    I'll also bet instead of too hot, or too cold (which is very unlikely) they lose their fruit to a late frost. You can find trees that bloom later. I'm pretty sure your in zone 6 (same as us). And yes, some years I loose some fruit to frost... I also have gone to more fruit that blooms a little later (i.e. Cherries that don't harvest until late June / early July - which means they also bloom later in the spring).

    If you can grow blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, you can grow peaches, apples, pears and cherries. Just look for the varieties that say they bloom later (or harvest later... peaches in late July / early August etc.) Do you think you get any hotter than Georgia for those Ga Peaches you are buying off the truck?

    Check online with the Vintage Virginia Apples I suggested earlier, Burnt Ridge Nursery and Orchards http://www.burntridgenursery.com/ , One Green World http://www.onegreenworld.com/ , Raintree Nursery http://www.raintreenursery.com/ and / or Adams County Nusery http://www.acnursery.com/acn_tips.php. Read their descriptions on the trees you want, or all of them have a "contact me", use it and ask questions on what they suggest for your climate.

    Don't give up on fruit trees yet!

    Pat
     
  6. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    A rotten peach is better than a perfect paw paw
     
  7. sylvar

    sylvar Well-Known Member

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    Blasphemer!!!!

    :)