Transplanting a Paw Paw
Edible November brings us now to the Paw Paw. In anticipation for my Paw Paw Project launching in the coming weeks I will not go into much detail here (I am told that's what's called a teaser in the TV business).
Important things to know about the paw paw are:
The Paw Paw is a native fruit to North America and much of the eastern coast going up into Canada. It is also the largest tree fruit by size and weight grown outside the tropics. It is called the custard banana because it has a tastes similar to banana flavored custard.
If planting Paw Paw trees this fall make sure be sure to plant them in an area that gets full to partial sun. 2 Paw Paw trees will work great for cross pollination.
We will get into more details as we explore the Paw Paw in-depth with the upcoming Paw Paw Project posts and videos.
If you are currently growing or have any questions about Paw Paws I would love to here from you, email me or leave a comment in the comments section.
Tree Seeds are now available for sale in the below varieties:
Japanese Red Maple: Bloodgood variety, showy ornamental/landscaping tree, leaves stay red most of the year
Paw Paw: improved variety, tree yields delicious custard/banana flavored fruit, North America's largest native fruit
Honey Locust: (unimproved) Edible seed pods, nitrogen fixing, makes dense hedge row/living fence, this variety does have spines, makes great perimeter fence/livestock barrier
Mazzard Cherry: Edible cherry, very limited pest pressure, improved breeding stock
Antonovka Apple: Cold Hardy, great tasting apple used for fresh easting and baking, Seed planted trees grows true to type unlike other apple varieties, full size heirloom apple tree mainstay in eastern Europe
American Elderberry: Improved variety, berries can be made into natural cough syrup, used in homemade wine, and edible flowers
Red Oak: Grown from improved stock, 80% bear within 3-5 years, great for livestock (pig) feed
Black Walnut: Improved native variety, chosen for large nut meat, shell is more difficult to crack than English walnut but well worth the trouble
Seeds come ready for cold stratification this winter. Above varieties are great for starting our own personal orchard and/or a great learning experience for your family.
Additional seeds to become available shortly, be sure to check back weekly.
Be sure to check back next fall when American Chestnut and Chinese Chestnut become available.
Transplanting my seed grown Paw Paw's.
Paw Paw's are the Northeast's version of a tropical fruit tree. Often called a custard apple the Paw Paw tree is native to eastern North America. Despite being a native tree to the region not many people have heard of the Paw Paw tree. Even fewer people have ever seen a paw paw tree or better yet tasted the sweet fruit it yields.
To get the word out on Paw Paw's I decided two things were necessary. First, I need to grow hundreds of paw paws trees and spread them across the region. Being a farmer it goes without saying I need to be budget conscience in every farm enterprise I take on. So the best way to grow paw paws on a budget is to grow them from seed.
Secondly I will write a series of blog posts featuring the paw paw and all its glory. Along the way I will be sure to feature photos of my progress and hopefully the successful transformation of my paw paw seeds into trees!
Be on the look out for upcoming Paw Paw Project posts in the near future!