Pawpaw tree grow and care – shrub or small tree of the genus Asimina also known as Asimina triloba or Paw paw, Pawpaw tree deciduous perennial plant and used for the edible fruits, grow in temperate, mediterranean or subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 6-9 and with the right care in hardiness zone 10a.
Flowers color purple in triangular shape, the smell of the flowers remind meat and attract beetles and flies.
How to grow Pawpaw tree growing conditions and care:
Chilling hours, rich soil, mulch
How to care: Add fertilizer and organic matter and mulch
What is the best way to start growing? Plant, seeds (need to use fresh seeds), cutting, shoots
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? Yes, it’s not hard to start by seeds but better grafted tree or basal shoots it’s easier in those methods and can be ensure the quality of the fruits like: taste, amount of seeds, size of the fruits, less years to bear fruits, and longer season, also possible to graft to different cultivars on the same tree
Difficulties or problems when growing: Tree sending basal shoots, aggressive
Planting season: Winter, spring, summer, better in winter to early spring
How to plant cherimoya: Dig hole bigger 50% more than the roots ball, add to the hole, organic matter, dead leaves and hummus put back some soil and mix it, after this put the tree cover lightly but strong enough that won’t fall put support for the tree if needed, if the tree is not stable consider to prune, water it twice in the first day and every day for two weeks.
Pests and diseases: Aphids
Pruning season: Winter
How to prune: Prune need to be in the beginning to design as tree or shrub except this need to prune week branches
Size of the plant: 3-6 m, 10-20 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition: Medium growing to fast growing and with enough fertilizer will grow faster
Water requirement: Average amount of water to big amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun (better in full sun the tree will yield more fruits) / Half Shade
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? No
Growing is also possible in a planter, flowerpot or containers: Yes, need to keep the tree small to grow it as shrub or as bonsai, consider to graft two cultivars on the same tree, the container need to be 20% bigger than the root ball until the plant arrive to the right container, wouldn’t recommend to start from big container on small tree in this method it’s care for the viability of the soil, grow with the tree will be the best method, every few years to switch the soil with big container there is no need to switch all just switch part and cut some of the roots ball (can switch from the side and the top, fertilizer four time a year, making enough holes in the container for good drainage also choosing soil for container important an option it’s to use peat soil, perlite and organic matter, need to add hummus few time a year, water it regularly and when put bottom for the pot be aware not to let the water sit there more than one day and do not over water it’s destroy the soil and the roots.
Bloom season: Spring / Summer
General information about the flower Purple flowers in triangular shape, the smell of the flowers remind meat
Thinning the bloom: First two years
Pollination is done by: Beetles and flies
Fruit harvest season: Summer / Autumn
Fruits pests or diseases: Birds, aphids
What can be done with big quantities of Pawpaw tree fruits? Eaten raw, juice, cakes, jam
Work requirements on the fruit: Increase Irrigation, possible to put net under the tree to collect the fruits
How long does it take to bear fruit? 2-4 years
Ripening of fruit Recommend to collect the fruit little bit before ready
How to make Vegetative Reproduction? Basal shoots
The best time for vegetative reproduction tree: Winter or early spring, the roots start to grow in the spring better to take them in the dormant of the winter
What is the treatment for vegetative reproduction? Take the basal shoots with the roots