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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

#repupose some old mesh and a small pet playpen to protect these thin #pawpaw trees from stupid stupid #deer -- I suppose it's a blessing in disguise because now I have a vigorous established rootstock that I can graft to info the spring. 30 Oct 2022 #asiminatriloba #pestcontrol-deer #notforgiven

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sushiwaitress

SUPER MAD AT DEER today after finding ANOTHER #pawpaw damaged. This time the entire trunk is snapped! I guess all those thorny invasive roses were protecting it... and then I went and cut them back so the pawpaws would have less competition.... 😠🦌🚫 30 Oct 2022 #deer #treedamage #buck-rub #asiminatriloba

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richard.spicer.7906

🤦🏼‍♂️

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BakedKezzy

Ugh that’s super frustrating I’m sorry!

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sushiwaitress

BAD BAD BUCK who rubbed his antlers on my #pawpaw tree and shredded a big branch! 😠 I guess clearing away all the prickly multiflora rose had some unintended consequences..... 🦌🚫 22 Oct 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #deer #damage

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sushiwaitress

The big one has a FLOWER BUD on it for next spring! 27 Sep 2022 #asiminatriloba #pawpaw #pawpaw-flowerbud

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sushiwaitress

ANOTHER ONE!!!!! 27 Sep 2022 #pawpaw #asiminatriloba #volunteer

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gjones

Looking good!

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lesliecole49

See what happens when you go walkabout!

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sushiwaitress

LOOK WHAT I JUST FOUND IN MY OWN BACKYARD!!! (a wild, ignored, and inconvenient-to-get-to part of the yard.) This year I learned how to recognize a #pawpaw tree 😱😱😱 27 Sep 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #volunteer

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gjones

Looks very healthy

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sushiwaitress

@gjones this has to be a root sucker (clone) of my neighbor's tree. I didn't plant it. It looks to be about 4-5 years old, which means it was there before we bought the house 😱

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sushiwaitress

The #pawpaw root suckers planted in the ground did muuuuch better during the drought. 10 Sep 2022

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Closer view of the worst-looking #grafted Overleese #pawpaw -- it lost almost all of its leaves. 😭😭😭😭😭😭 10 Sep 2022

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sushiwaitress

These #grafted #pawpaw were not under the shade tent, but they were on the shadiest side of the gazebo. They did not appreciate the drought. The two at the back look a lot better than the two in front. 10 Sep 2022

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sushiwaitress

Another look at the slightly mutant #pawpaw -- the leaves are about half the usual size, and it has put out multiple branches much closer together than pawpaws of this age usually do. It's kind of bushy. We'll see what happens. 9 Aug 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #freeplants #plantsfromfriends

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sushiwaitress

This is a potted #pawpaw root sucker that my pawpaw buddy gave me yesterday (along with 12 other seedlings and a persimmon). This root sucker came up looking just like its mother tree (which is normal), but it has a strange leafing and branching pattern that is atypical. 9 Aug 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #freeplants #plantsfromfriends

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Dragon_Warrior

That’s really interesting 🧐 @sushiwaitress

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A fellow backyard fruit grower sprouted too many plants to fit in his backyard, so he offered some to me -- these are 12 #pawpaw #seedlings sprouted in 500 ml water bottles 8 Aug 2022 #native #asiminatriloba #freeplants #plantsfromfriends

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gjones

Always nice to get free plants. Will you plant all your seedlings in the ground or keep them in pots for now?

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sushiwaitress

@gjones I'll keep them in pots till the fall -- they do better when planted in fall. I plan to guerilla plant some of them in areas around town.

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emch

Good plan! Not everyone has room for 12 trees...

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sushiwaitress

I read yesterday on a Facebook pawpaw group that #seedling #pawpaw need to be protected from rabbits. And I wake up to this. My biggest seedling with three leaves got munched! 😠 There's another baby sprouting up in the background, so that makes four so far. The munched one will grow back but I'm still mad. 7 Aug 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #treesfromseeds

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Dragon_Warrior

That’s terrible 😞 but I’m sure it was a lesson learned

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sushiwaitress

@Dragon_Warrior indeed it was!

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sushiwaitress

I have a #tinybutstillscary guard for this #pawpaw #seedling ..... He works for cheap and keeps the riffraff away. 5 Aug 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #treesfromseeds #nativetree #spider #wolfspider #arachnid #ewwewweww

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Behold, it is August and a #pawpaw #seedling emerges. Freaking finally. this is number 3 of 10. 5 Aug 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #treesfromseeds #nativetree #freeplants #plantsfromfriends

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#pawpaw #seedling number one, standing tall. 1 Aug 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #treesfromseeds #nativetree #gyo #fromseed #native #nativeplant

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sushiwaitress

In the third pot behind the American persimmons is this little tiny #pawpaw sprout making his first appearance. If you're counting like me, this is the second to peek above the surface out of 40 that I planted 😭 but hey two is more than just one. Last year's success definitely made me overconfident. 1 Aug 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #treesfromseeds #nativetree #gyo #alwayslearning

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gjones

Always nice to see another one pop up!

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The very first of my 40 #pawpaw seeds to break the surface this year. 27 July 2022 I thought I'd killed them all by letting them get too dry in the fridge during the winter. Jury's still out on the other 39, but it's so great to see this little baby. #asiminatriloba #seedling #native #nativeplant #treesfromseeds

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Got some advice from the Pawpaw Fanatics facebook group that leaving the leaves and extra scion growth on my tree with the broken graft would actually dry out the scion, so I cut it back and wrapped it. 16 July 2022 #ifitwantstoliveitllfight #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown #grafted #pawpaw

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It's been about several weeks since it last rained, and also hot. Two days ago I took a couple gallons of water out to my in-ground rootsucker-grafted #pawpaws and then tonight I took another full jug -- and found NEW GROWTH on the teeny tiny mango #graft that I'd long given up on! 😱🌱 16 July 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown #grafted

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sushiwaitress

Update: the new growth is from the rootstock, not the graft, but no big deal. #betterlucknextyear

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sushiwaitress

It's been about two weeks since it's last rained, so for the past two or three days I've been watering the plants in the evening. These guys are loving it -- all are putting out new leaves. 15 July 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown #pawpaw

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sushiwaitress

Womp womp. Looks like the Mango #pawpaw graft has bitten the dust. Better luck next year. The rootstock is already putting up little baby shoots so it's not a goner yet. 14 July 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown #graft #experiment #alwayslearning

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Dragon_Warrior

Bummer 🫤 keep trying @sushiwaitress

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emch

#trytryagain

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godfreye

Oh no better luck next time🤗

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sushiwaitress

Not confident that either of these are actually #pawpaw but gonna wait and see and hope. 14 July 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #treesfromseeds #nativetree #gyo #hurryup

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sushiwaitress

Moved my 40 potted #pawpaw seeds into the shade, in hopes they'll germinate better. Can't believe it's taking this long, but from what I've read this is kind of normal??? It didn't take this long last year but then again I started my seeds in February and this year it was like April. I suppose more patience is in order. 14 July 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #treesfromseeds #nativetree #gyo

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Peeled off the grafting tape from my PAG-4 grafted #pawpaw this morning. Hopefully it'll be able to breathe a little better now. 10 July 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown

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moore.794

I kept a splint around my lilac after bumping my pawpaw while watering and breaking it at the graft. Need to try again

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sushiwaitress

Peeled off the grafting tape from my Wabash grafted #pawpaw this morning. Hopefully it'll be able to breathe a little better now. 10 July 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown

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sushiwaitress

The broken mango graft isn't happy today. Will give it a gush of water this evening when it cools off. 10 July 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown

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sushiwaitress

When I unwrapped the mango graft that had fallen over, I realized that I'd wrapped the grafting tape too tightly and strangled the tree, which is probably why it fell over. So I unwrapped the other ones and found several more with the same problem. This is "Overleese." 9 July 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown #alwayslearning

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emch

Overleese?

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sushiwaitress

It's a named cultivar of pawpaw @emch

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emch

OK, that totally confused me. I thought it was a grafted mango and without the quotation marks to show that "Overleese" was a cultivar name my brain went all 🤪

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sushiwaitress

@emch thanks for pointing that out. I fixed it.

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When I unwrapped the mango graft that had fallen over, I realized that I'd wrapped the grafting tape too tightly and strangled the tree, which is probably why it fell over. So I unwrapped the other ones and found several more with the same problem. This is NC-1. 9 July 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown #alwayslearning

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sushiwaitress

When I unwrapped the mango graft that had fallen over, I realized that I'd wrapped the grafting tape too tightly and strangled the tree, which is probably why it fell over. So I unwrapped the other ones and found several more with the same problem. This is sunflower. 9 July 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown #alwayslearning

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sushiwaitress

Came outside today to find that my grafted #pawpaw tree (mango variety) had broken or fallen over in the wind. I unwrapped the #graft and re-grafted it, this time trying a #whipandtonguegraft No idea if it will survive. My guess is that it won't, but I'm still gonna try. 9 July 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown #alwayslearning

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JLawsaurus

Good luck! 🤗

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The first of 40 #pawpaw seeds to break the surface. 8 July 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #treesfromseeds #nativetree #gyo

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sushiwaitress

Wabash #pawpaw #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown #ediblelandscaping 29 June 2022 #shadecloth

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sushiwaitress

Aside from the two American persimmon seedlings, the rest of these treepots each contain one sprouted #pawpaw seed. Their roots were between 2-3 inches long, so I'm curious to see how long it takes for them to peek up above the soil. 25 June 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #treesfromseeds #nativetree #gyo

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I know, I know, I already have no idea where I'm going to put the 9 baby #pawpaw trees I already have, but but but this local guy on facebook was giving away sprouted seeds that he didn't need and none of mine have come up yet so just in case.... 25 June 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #treesfromseeds #nativetree

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sushiwaitress

Field-grafted #pawpaw leaves are getting humongous! 24 June 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown

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gjones

Looking great

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sushiwaitress

Latest obsessive #pawpaw observation: Wabash (big guy) doing great, PA Golden-4 (little guy) putting out some respectable little leaves. Mango is still a brown twig and only puts out growth below the graft, so I'll try again with him next year. 16 June 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown

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sushiwaitress

KSU Atwood graft seems to be taking 14 June 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown #pawpaw

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sushiwaitress

Today's obsessive #pawpaw observation: tiny points emerging from the top of the scion -- new branches coming? 11 June 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown #grafted

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lesliecole49

Probably so!

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sushiwaitress

Grow baby, grow! My field-grafted Wabash #pawpaw is pushing out leaf after leaf. I can't believe this worked. (two photos of the same tree) 9 June 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown #grafted

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gjones

Looks like a very successful graft!

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sushiwaitress

The field-grafted #pawpaw are showing more signs of life! The biggest one (and my favorite) is Wabash. The one on the left has two grafted buds breaking (yaaaay!) but the third one on the far right has growth coming out of the rootstock, which I snapped off. 6 Jun 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown #hopehopehope

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sushiwaitress

Yayyyyyyyyyyy!! An honest-to-goodness actual bit of GREEN on my field-grafted #pawpaw root sucker! I grafted Wabash (my favorite pawpaw cultivar) onto my most robust rootstock and I saw NO growth for a long time. I'd basically given up. 28 May 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown #hopehopehope

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sushiwaitress

Looks like the other two might be making some tiny moves too. Nature is amazing.

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emch

#kermitarms

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charlotte

Wow. Well done. I've been watching your progress with interest 🙂

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sushiwaitress

@charlotte grafting is really easy! An experienced person showed me one time, and so far I've had great results. You should try it!

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I've heard that if your #grafted tree puts out 4" of growth you're in the clear (yay!) 27 May 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown

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lesliecole49

I'd say you're in the clear, then

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A tiny hint of green on my second regrafted #pawpaw -- yay!! This is KSU Atwood if it makes it. 27 May 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #grafted #graftyourown

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sushiwaitress

#ifitwantstoliveitllfight -- I left this potted #pawpaw #seedling out in the cold all winter with no shelter at all. (In-ground pawpaws are winter hardy, but potted seedlings are not and need insulation on the roots.) I've been using this supposedly dead seedling to space apart some others that have leafed out, but this baby has won its own space. 25 May 2022

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sushiwaitress

I stupidly and carelessly killed about 30 pawpaw seedlings last year because I'd run out of treepots. D'oh! I should have just planted them somewhere in the backyard just to see what would happen. This year's seeds are not germinating as well as last year's. Oh well, #liveandlearn #gyo #grownfromseed #fromseed #treesfromseeds #nativetree #asiminatriloba

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madscientistslab

Glad to hear this one's a champ!

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sushiwaitress

Some hopeful progress on newly-regrafted #pawpaw -- Shenandoah on the right; KSU Atwood on the left 16 May 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown #grafted

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sushiwaitress

I haven't looked at my #grafted #pawpaw trees since last weekend and Wow! What big leaves you have! 14 May 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown

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gjones

Looks like you had great success!

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sushiwaitress

Today was field grafting day for the root sucker #pawpaw -- three different varieties: Wabash, PAG-4, and Mango. I hope they work..... #asiminatriloba #native #treesfromcuttings #grafted #grafting #graftyourown 8 May 2022

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Two of my grafts failed so I ordered more scion and reattempted today with another try at Susquehanna on the left add KSU Atwood on the right. #grafting #grafted #pawpaw #asiminatriloba 8 May 2022

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sushiwaitress

This is 30 2.5"x10" treepots planted with last fall's #pawpaw seeds. I've tried two different pots to germinate them but there's no signs of life yet. Not sure why it's taking so long. 7 May 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #treesfromseeds

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sushiwaitress

I first tried to germinate them on 20 March, so it should have happened by now. Maybe I let them dry out in the fridge. 😕

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gjones

I read that pawpaw seeds need a heat mat to help with germination. Not sure you could do that but it might be worth a try.

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sushiwaitress

Yeah, I've had them on a heat mat until today. @gjones I'll wait another month and see if anything happens.

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sushiwaitress

#pawpaw root suckers are starting to leaf out a little 15 Apr 2022 #asiminatriloba #native

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Moved the #grafted #pawpaw trees outside so they could get more ventilation and better drainage. 15 Apr 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown

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sushiwaitress

Moved the #grafted #pawpaw trees outside into the shade so they get some better drainage & ventilation. 15 Apr 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown

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sushiwaitress

My outdoor #pawpaw rootsucker transplant is waking up. It's rained all week and today it's finally sunny. The little leaves are starting to stretch out. I think I'll be able to graft it in another week or two. 8 Apr 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #spring

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sushiwaitress

I can see some green growth on all 8 of my #grafted #pawpaw -- some looks like leaves and some looks like flower buds. I learned this weekend that the green growth is in fact from energy stored in the scion. It'll be a couple more months before I can be sure the graft was successful. 4 Apr 2022 #graftyourown #newgrowth #alwayslearning #asiminatriloba

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charlotte

Fingers crossed

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sushiwaitress

Eeeeeeeeeeeee! Greeeeeeeeeeeeeen! This is two shots of a single #grafted #pawpaw tree 6 days after grafting. Not sure if the growth is from energy stored in the scion wood or if this is an indication that nutrients are coming up from the roots but either way I'LL TAKE IT! omg SO EXCITED!!! 1 Apr 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown

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emch

Pic not showing 😧

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sushiwaitress

@emch can you see this one? It triple-posted so i deleted two

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emch

No @sushiwaitress 🤪

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DEFINITE BUD GROWTH on my #grafted #pawpaw trees! This is two different trees 5 days after I grafted them. I used a cotton swab and dotted the top of the graft with melted candle wax to seal in all possible moisture 1 Apr 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #graftyourown

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sushiwaitress

My new daily obsession: "are these buds longer than they were yesterday? Is that a hint of green under that grafting tape?" 29 Mar 2022 #asiminatriloba #pawpaw #grafted #graftyourown

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richard.spicer.7906

They look great 👍🏼 how long have you got to wait till you know if they’ve taken?

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sushiwaitress

They told me it takes two weeks for the union to heal if I got enough of the cambium touching @philstalder The scion wood has been in the fridge since it was cut and now it's indoors in warm temps so I don't know if the swelling buds are because of the warm temperature or if it's a sign of healing. The buds definitely look bigger than before.

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philstalder

Ruth, I think you meant the comment to Rich. @richard.spicer.7906

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sushiwaitress

Haha oops! Thanks @philstalder

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meskarune

"Are these buds longer than they were yesterday?" Literally me with my blueberry bush

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sushiwaitress

#pawpaw trees are #grafted and back in the warm sunny storage office. If they all make it, I'll have 8 varieties: Shenandoah, Susquehanna, Sunflower, Overleese, Pennsylvania Golden 4, NC-1, Mango, and Rebecca's Gold 29 Mar 2021 #asiminatriloba #graftyourown

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sushiwaitress

#grafting the last of my #pawpaw #seedlings -- the trick is a long shallow diagonal cut (whip graft) and matching up the green cambium layers of the rootstock and scion. Wrap tightly with biodegradable grafting tape to seal in moisture and keep in a warm location to promote faster healing. Hope it works!!! 27 Mar 2022

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emch

@sushiwaitress cam you explain the reasons for grafting them at all? I know you graft apples to bring a tired tree back to life, but what does it do for a pawpaw?

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sushiwaitress

I saved seeds from pawpaws I ate and grew these small trees. Their fruit won't be the same as their parent tree, and they're unlikely to be as good as cultivated varieties. So I got wood from the cultivated varieties so I can have the best fruit. It's basically cloning. @emch

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richard.spicer.7906

@emch - Most apples are actually grafted to suit a desirable rootstock - if you grow them on their own roots, most will be too vigorous, or not hardy or not suitable long term. Various rootstocks have been developed to suit different end size trees and control the vigour. Similarly with pears and other fruits. Not sure about pawpaw but another reason is usually that you’ll get a fruiting tree much quicker from grafting. @sushiwaitress , what was the rootstock in your case - a straight species?

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richard.spicer.7906

Some rootstocks also help prevent certain diseases 👍🏼

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sushiwaitress

@richard.spicer.7906 I just grew a pawpaw from seed and used the seedling tree as the rootstock. There really aren't different rootstocks for pawpaw. And you're right, grafted trees bear fruit a few years earlier than trees from seed.

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emch

Interesting, @sushiwaitress @richard.spicer.7906

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sushiwaitress

I did it! I was nervous to lop the top off this seedling that I've been growing for a year, but the one-on-one instruction at the Backyard Fruit Growers meeting built my confidence and gave me just enough practice to do it on my own. 26 Mar 2022 #grafting #graft #pawpaw #asiminatriloba #alwayslearning #BackyardFruitGrowers www.byfg.org

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sushiwaitress

So many leaves in one week! Two days till grafting and I'm gonna chop 'em all off.... 😱 24 Mar 2022 #pawpaw #seedlings #grownfromseed #fromseed #treesfromseeds #nativetree #asiminatriloba

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sushiwaitress

So many leaves in one week! Two days till grafting and I'm gonna chop 'em all off.... 😱 24 Mar 2022 #pawpaw #seedlings #grownfromseed #fromseed #treesfromseeds #nativetree #asiminatriloba

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sushiwaitress

Four more sleeps until the grafting workshop with the Backyard Fruit Growers on Saturday. That's when these #seedling #pawpaw will be grafted with named cultivars. And not a moment too soon -- they're really starting to leaf out. 22 Mar 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #treesfromseeds #nativetree

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sushiwaitress

Trying a new technique to #germinate pawpaw seeds. It's late March and I should have started this in January, but better late than never. This is an aluminum foil baking pan from the grocery store and the cheapest #heatmat I could find on Amazon. I cover the pan with cardboard from the recycling to keep the moisture in. Should have germination in one more week. 20 Mar 2022 #seedsowing #seedstarting

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gjones

Look forward to see the progress😊

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sushiwaitress

#pawpaw #seedling tree leafing out! I brought them inside into a sunny room a month ago and they're definitely awake now. An experienced pawpaw grower told me this would happen, but it's still such a delight to see it actually happen right in front of me. It's almost grafting time! 16 Mar 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #treesfromseeds #nativetree

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gjones

Yep it looks like they've woken up. What will you graft it onto?

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sushiwaitress

@gjones i have some cuttings (scion wood) from cultivated varieties of pawpaws. These varieties have fewer seeds than the wild ones.

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sushiwaitress

My 13 #pawpaw #seedlings have been upstairs in a sunny room for a couple weeks now, and today I noticed some green tips! They're waking up! 10 Mar 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #treesfromseeds #nativetree

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sushiwaitress

My 13 #pawpaw #seedlings have been upstairs in a sunny room for a couple weeks now, and today I noticed some green tips! They're waking up! 10 Mar 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #treesfromseeds #nativetree

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sushiwaitress

The #pawpaw #seedlings that I started in Feb 2021 spent their first winter in my garage, and today I brought them inside into a sunny storage room in an attempt to wake them up early so I can graft them in a month. 21 Feb 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #treesfromseeds #nativetree #ediblelandscaping #permaculture

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emch

What are you grafting them to?

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sushiwaitress

@emch named cultivars of pawpaw.

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sushiwaitress

The biggest of the three #pawpaw root suckers has two new side branches. I think the central leader might have died -- it looks pretty dried up. 21 Feb 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #treesfromcuttings #permaculture #ediblelandscaping

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sushiwaitress

Checked on my transplanted #pawpaw root suckers (gifted from my neighbor) and they look like they might make it. All three of the tiny shoots have little baby leaf buds and new growth tips that definitely weren't there when I got them a year ago. 21 Feb 2022 #asiminatriloba #native #treesfromcuttings #permaculture #ediblelandscaping

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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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