Pawpaw Seeds - Stratified & ready to plant
PawPaw - Asimina triloba - North America's largest and only native tropical fruit!
Known as a "custard apple" this delicious fruit ripens as the last hurrah of summer, as the seasons begin to move towards fall. It's flavor is reminiscent of pineapple, mango, or banana and a texture like a sweet potato.
If you have ever wanted to grow your own pawpaw patch, now is the time! These are excellent quality seeds that we harvested throughout the pawpaw season of 2022. Seeds have been properly stored in damp peat moss in the fridge and cold stratified sept- now and are ready to get into the ground and grow!
Pawpaws take about 2-3 weeks to germinate, and then an additional 2-3 months before you will see their growth. If planted in March, you can expect to see the first growth sometime in May/June.
We will be coming out with our own detailed planting guide soon, but here is an excellent resource from Kentucky State University on everything you could need to know about planting Pawpaws available here
Copied from The Kentucky State University Pawpaw bulletin:
"After stratification the seed should be sown 1 inch (2.5 cm) deep in a well-aerated soil mix, pH 5.5-7, with an optimum temperature of 75o– 85oF (24o– 29o C). Use tall containers, such as tree pots (ht. 14″-18″/35-45 cm) or root trainers (ht. 10″/25 cm), to accommodate the long taproot. The seed will normally germinate in 2-3 weeks, and the shoot will emerge in about 2 months. Germination is hypogeal: the shoot emerges without any cotyledons. For the first two years, growth is slow as the root system establishes itself, but thereafter it accelerates. Trees normally begin to bear fruit when the saplings reach 6 feet, which usually requires five to eight years."
These seeds will be shipped with damp peat moss in a bag, so they will retain their moisture. If kept moist, the germination rate is quite high, often 95-100%, but if they dry out for more than 24 hr the germination can be slashed in half, to less than 30%.
Sold in packs of 5 seeds