Grow the #Paw Paw (Asimina triloba) for free, with biodiverseed!
This is the last call for those of you who want to try growing the Paw Paw (hardy to zone 6A-8B, not drought-tolerant)! I’m putting in a request for the seeds from the Horticultural Research Extension at Kentucky State University, where they have an awesome program devoted to the Indiana Banana: the largest edible fruit native to North America. funeralfarm will be distributing the seeds for those of us not in the United States. Sadly, I think biosecurity is too tight to allow export to Australia for this project.
To request free seeds, please use this form.
Paw Paw trees are not known to be invasive anywhere, but if you are outside of the native range of this plant, follow the usual precautions with ornamentals. This tree forms clonal patches with its roots.
Since these seeds require stratification (and possibly scarification), I’d recommend you either:
- Have a fridge drawer available, that is around 4˚C
- Live in a suitable temperate climate, where you can sow the seeds outdoors in the Fall
Paw Paw trees tolerate very little light in their first year, as they are understory trees, so often growers shelter the young seedling in a length of PVC pipe, gradually allowing it more and more sun exposure. In an edible forest garden, they are in the “low tree layer.”
I am interested in how successful germination is using different sowing techniques, in different parts of the world, so if you receive seeds please feel free to send in updates or pictures. I will work on some sort of database where anyone interested can report some basic data on germination, but for now, use the hashtag #biodiverseedpawpawproject.
I germinated my first successful tree in a dark bathroom closet, and it seems to be doing very well with the humidity in there!
So, who is ready to do some horticultural science?
#garden science #germination
I still wish my own RBG gardens batch of pawpaw seed had sprouted… *still waiting just in case* though I still hope to give pawpaw germination another round!