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sushiwaitress

First time homeowner with busy day job. Trying to transition from suburban lawn & tangled trees to edible landscaping. New Jersey USA Zone 7a

Asimina triloba

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sushiwaitress

It's going to be 28°F tonight (which is cold in America) so I brought in the #pawpaw #seedling trees too. 19 Nov 2021 #asiminatriloba #native #treesfromseeds #nativetree

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referee101

Is it nessecary to overwinter them indoors? Pawpaw are quite cold hardy. They should be able to handle temps well below 0

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referee101

They are decideous so will drop all their leaves and bud out in Spring

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sushiwaitress

It shouldn't be necessary to overwinter them indoors, but they are in tall treepots and I'm worried the roots won't have enough insulation because they aren't planted in the ground. This is just temporary until I re-watch a video from a grower I know. @referee101

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referee101

That makes sense :) we dont experience frost here at all. The lowes the temps drops might be 5 or 6 degrees celcuis ( 41 - 45 degrees farenheit.) but that rarely happens. average is around 10 in winter.

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referee101

what Zone are you in?

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sushiwaitress

7a. @referee101

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referee101

I've got a pdf document that I got from somewhere focusing on Fruit trees and other edibles specifically for areas that experience frost. Cant remember How I got it though. Would like to send it to you. Theres some interesting info in there with some rare fruit. You might find it interesting.

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referee101

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://ucanr.edu/sites/2017MGConference/files/271008.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwjqts6xmKb0AhVHZcAKHd9UD2gQFnoECCMQAQ&usg=AOvVaw3DldARxZbPAf8qNq0yENYh

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sushiwaitress

wow yay thank you Tian!! @referee101

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sushiwaitress

Aha. I found info on caring for potted pawpaw trees during the winter from Kentucky State University (where there is the only pawpaw research department) and it turns out that keeping them from freezing while they're potted is pretty important! Much hardier in-ground. https://m.facebook.com/ksu.pawpaw/posts/3815715388460375?locale2=sw_KE #advice

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columbiariver

Good job plant Mom 💕

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sushiwaitress

Gonna have a go at #lasagnegardening -- this is layer 1: cardboard to smother grass and weeds for my first patch. Some logs from a fallen tree and some rocks I dug up while planting this guy are anchoring down the #cardboard #usewhatyouhave 4 Sep 2021 #permaculture #lasagnagardening

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sushiwaitress

Probably should have removed the shade cloth from my #pawpaw root sucker transplants a few months ago, but better late than never. #ediblelandscaping #edible #native #nativeplant #treesfromcuttings #nativetree 4 Sep 2021

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referee101

So this one grew from a root sucker?

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sushiwaitress

@referee101 yes it did, in my neighbor's yard. He dug it up and I planted it in my yard. Not sure if it'll make it, because pawpaw transplants don't usually work (so I've heard). It's an experiment to keep me entertained until the seedlings get big.

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referee101

Nice! I assume thats where you got the seeds / seedlings from? I see the permaculture bug got to you too😄 You should look up the gardening channel on youtube and look at what James accomplished in New Jersey.

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sushiwaitress

My neighbor's trees have never fruited! It's such a tragedy! I saved my seeds from pawpaws I bought last year. @referee101 I want to meet James and Tuck and visit them someday! It was their pawpaw video that got me started.

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referee101

If he only have one tree then it wont set fruit. He needs 2 trees that are genetically different. Growing them from seed produces genetically different trees. If you plant your then someday his might set fruit

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sushiwaitress

It's so crazy @referee101 because he has two trees that he grew from seed. They are definitely big enough to fruit AND they had buds last spring. Maybe he'll have to hand pollinate them. Being a root sucker, mine is a clone of his. But I'm going to get us some scion wood this spring and maybe in a couple more years we'll both have fruit.

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referee101

I heard Paw paw can take 8 - 9 years to fruit if grown from seed.

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sushiwaitress

@referee101 it's possible that's the reason. I can't remember how old his are. I'm going to graft my seedlings, which has the added benefit of making them fruit a couple years sooner.

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referee101

@sushiwaitress You are lucky if you can get scions. I'm the only person in my country with paw paw seedlings atm. 😅

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referee101

I forgot to mention , Bees aren't you're usual pollinators for these trees. Beetles, fly's and ant are. If you lack any of those in you're area then you might need to consider hand pollinating flowers.

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sushiwaitress

Pawpaws are loving this shady spot. Now gotta figure out where to put them all! #pawpaw #asiminatriloba #native #treesfromseeds #nativetree #gyo 19 June 2021

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sushiwaitress

Took a peek under the shade cloth and gave them a slosh of ferts this evening 13 May 2021 #pawpaw #asiminatriloba #native #treesfromcuttings #nativetree

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emch

#yum #101uses

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sushiwaitress

#pawpaw progress 6 May 2021 #native #edible #nativetree #asiminatriloba #shadecloth #fruittree

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sushiwaitress

#pawpaw progress 6 May 2021 #native #edible #nativetree #asiminatriloba #shadecloth #fruittree

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sushiwaitress

#pawpaw progress 6 May 2021 #native #edible #nativetree #asiminatriloba #shadecloth #fruittree

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sushiwaitress

#pawpaw got it made in the shade. 😎 And I was thrilled to see that all four root suckers, scrawny as they were, all have some honest-to-goodness green leaves 30 Apr 2021 #shadecloth #asiminatriloba #treesfromcuttings #nativetrees #native #edible

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sushiwaitress

Five and a maybe #pawpaw #seedlings #grownfromseed #fromseed #growyourown #gyo #treesfromseeds 29 Apr 2021 #growtent #native #nativetree #asiminatriloba

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sushiwaitress

Three #pawpaw #seedlings pushing up in the grow tent 25 Apr 2021 #asiminatriloba #native #treesfromseeds

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sushiwaitress

Invested in some 40% shade cloth. Weighted it down with rocks in hopes the cicadas won't choose my baby #pawpaw trees to lay eggs in. #asiminatriloba #shadecloth 19 Apr 2021

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sushiwaitress

#pawpaw #treebuds #newgrowth #spring #asiminatriloba #treesfromcuttings 19 Apr 2021

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emch

#midwesternnative

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sushiwaitress

EUREKA! A pawpaw seed has peeked up its little stem and it's only mid-April!!! This is one of twelve that are starting their lives out in the cozy basement grow tent. The twelve that are living outside so far are still dozing under their soil. #pawpaw #asiminatriloba #native #nativetree #treesfromseeds #growyourown #gyo 16 Apr 2021

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emch

#kermitarms

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DelbertYoung

I planted 3 unrelated Pawpaws in my backyard and they are doing quite well.

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sushiwaitress

@DelbertYoung how old are your trees?

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DelbertYoung

About 3-4 years old - I started them from seeds of Pawpaws that I ate. 2 from Columbus, Ohio and one from Athens, Ohio. My trees are all unrelated, this ensures fruit later on. I planted them in my backyard in Medina, NY.

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DelbertYoung

Mine are still only about 4 feet tall.

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sushiwaitress

A tiiiiiiny tip of green on what I thought was a dry dead stick -- yaaaaaaaay! Super happy about this because you need two different #pawpaw trees to get fruit. #asiminatriloba #native #nativeplant #edible #ifitwantstoliveitllfight 16 Apr 2021

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sushiwaitress

#pawpaw #asiminatriloba 16 Apr 2021 #nativeplant #native #ediblelandscaping

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sushiwaitress

Baby #pawpaw #leaves getting bigger and more real 13 Apr 2021 #asiminatriloba

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sushiwaitress

Just booked #vaccine appointments for hubby and I for next week, and my most-hoped-for plant is making #leaves... #spring is full of #hope! 10 Apr 2021 #covid19 #covid-19 #almostover #letmeout #pawpaw #asiminatriloba

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GardenBoxProject

Great news!

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crabby58

Congratulations to the both of you👍both hubby and I are 2 weeks fully vaccinated.

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sushiwaitress

@crabby58 wow, that must feel amazing! L'chaim! (To LIFE!)

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crabby58

Thank you 🙏 it's very comforting, a sense of relief and we are still careful. The best of luck to both of you👍

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gwenniemom

@sushiwaitress. Thank you. I love all your edible plants, some l haven't heard off. Lovely to speak to you. 👍

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sushiwaitress

My skinny little #pawpaw stick appears to be making leaves! #asiminatriloba 8 Apr 2021

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crabby58

Super 🌟

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sushiwaitress

I'd saved #pawpaw seeds from last fall, kept them in the fridge all winter and then dumped them all in a pot of soil and put them on a warming mat in the grow tent for 6 weeks. Shook some sprouted seeds out of the pot today and put them into their separate 14"x4" stuewe treepots. 3 Apr 2021 #asiminatriloba #seedling #weekendproject

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columbiariver

#progress

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emch

Outstanding! #midwesternnative #101uses #yum

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sushiwaitress

I think maybe this #pawpaw transplant might be showing a sign of life... 2 Apr 2021 #asiminatriloba

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emch

#midwesternnative

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sushiwaitress

I think maybe this #pawpaw transplant might be showing a sign of life... 2 Apr 2021 #asiminatriloba

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sushiwaitress

Hello baby darlings, mommy loves you so much. I hope you grow... 💞🌱💕💗🤞 27 Mar 2021 #pawpaw #asiminatriloba #native

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sushiwaitress

Baby #pawpaw need shade for the first couple years, but they need full sun to fruit. So i built myself a tree shelter out of some wire caging/fencing material that my neighbor put out for the trash and which I scrounged just in time before the garbage truck came. I had an old XL t-shirt that I won't wear in public, so I cut it down the side and hooked it on with twist ties #reuse #recycle 27 Mar 2021 #repurpose

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belindah

Very resourceful 👍

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sushiwaitress

Planted my two #pawpaw shoots this morning, both in the same hole. Mixed soil with peat, compost and cow manure and gave them a good soaking 27 Mar 2021 #asiminatriloba #treecrops #hopehopehope #nativeplant

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thehardygardener

Love seeing your project, magic reusing and make do with invented bit. Super upcyling of the tshirt. Paw paw perfect

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sushiwaitress

OMG OMG OMG my neighbor dug up some #pawpaw suckers from his back yard and brought them over! I know to keep my expectations low because they don't often survive transplantation, but if they live, this puts me years closer to my own fruit.... #hopehopehope #asiminatriloba #wishlistnomore #freeplants #sharingiscaring #omg #bestdayever 26 Mar 2021

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columbiariver

Yay! How about using some help, like a plant starter in the water?

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sushiwaitress

@dirtgirlworld i tasted my first pawpaw ever last fall and I'm OBSESSED

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sushiwaitress

@columbiariver great idea! 💡😉🤞

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emch

#midwesternnative

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lydiastirling

Oh wow I hope they do well for you.

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