SOLD OUT! Though the pawpaw’s (Asimina triloba) only near relatives are tropical, and the pawpaw looks like a mango and tastes like a banana, they are not tropical but native to most of the eastern U.S. and even into Canada. It is hardy and relatively pest free (even deer don’t like it), and its tolerance to shade makes it suitable for intercropping with other trees.
Two trees are required for cross pollination and they should be within 50 ft. or so from each other because they are fly pollinated, not bee pollinated.
Pawpaw fruits are nutritional powerhouses, even boasting more protein than a banana. The twigs and bark are known to contain a powerful anti-carcinogen, and the fruit has trace amounts, too.
Best planting time is spring when the tree is just waking up from dormancy and showing some new green growth. We have also successfully transplanted in late September when the plant is still active but when the weather is cooler. But with Dagen’s new system (see paragraph below) and reasonable care, you can now plant any time of the year!
Dagen has pioneered a new technique that will allow you to plant pawpaws when they’re dormant, something that was not recommended until now! Basically it’s a “balled and burlapped” system that you simply plant whole without removing it from the burlap (or from a pot as before). The burlap will just rot away! This system means that the plants suffer no root or root hair damage at transplanting; such damage has heretofore made pawpaw transplanting problematic and limited to only a couple times a year. This is a huge and exciting development for us and you, our customers!
In the first few establishment years, pawpaws put much of their energy into their root systems, resulting in a tree that seems small for the first couple years and then takes off!
All our seedling trees are descended from pawpaws in the Kentucky State University breeding program, the only pawpaw breeding facility in the country. These seed are all from named cultivars or from advanced selections in the KSU program; thus, the trees and fruit are superior! SOLD OUT!