Recommended with Sweet Potato Pawpaw Tree
- Product Description
- Planting & Care
- Shipping Info
Sweet Potato Paw Paw – Low Chill Paw Paws!
A chance seedling from the Blandy Experimental Farm at the University of Virginia, the Sweet Potato paw paw is named for the color of its flesh. The fruit is very large, yellow fleshed and has a great, sweet flavor. Ripens August through September. Plant with another variety of paw paw for pollination.
|Growing Zone||6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B|
|Pollinator||Any Other Pawpaw Tree|
Fruitscaping with Pawpaw Trees
Another rare find. Growing up with several common names Papaw, Poor Man’s Banana, Hoosier or Michigan Banana, The Pawpaw is one of this country’s most over-looked fruits. Native to most parts of the eastern United States, the Pawpaw Tree thrives with little or no care. A deciduous, small, pyramidal tree, with 3 to 6 inch long fruit that has custard smooth, white to apricot flesh. Delicious banana-like flavor is awesome. The fruit is eaten fresh or used in salads and for making custard pies and preserves.
Pawpaw are quite lovely in the landscape. The trees are tall pyramid shape, with beautiful long broad leaves. They are one of the few shade growing fruit trees, a rare commodity in the fruit world. For a delicious edible combination, use pawpaw trees as the center piece in a shade bed, pair with edible gingers, lettuce and cool weather greens.
Fairly free of disease this is a good fruit tree for Permaculture or Food Forest gardeners. The trees work well in southern guilds of dewberry, dandelions, and blueberry.
Recommended Fertilizers for Planting and Maintenance
- Starter Fertilizer: Plant with Espoma Organic Bio-tone® Starter Plus. This will increase root mass and help avoid transplant loss in difficult planting conditions.
- Fertilizer to Maintain: Our varieties of Pawpaw Trees work great with Espoma Organic Citrus-tone Fertilizer.
Picking Your Place
Pawpaw trees are an under story tree in nature. When choosing a site to plant your trees, choose a slightly shady spot or plan to artificially shade your tree for the first 2 years. They prefer a moist, well-drained soil with good organic content. If you don’t have this, amend the planting area well with peat or leaf mold and mulch heavily. They’ll be quite content. Pawpaws prefer well-drained soils and part to full sun.
Now these are truly strange creatures. Their favorite pollinator is the green bottle fly. Some growers have gone to great lengths to attract this shy creature. One noteworthy method is to place rotten hamburger in buckets around the tree for a few weeks before bloom to build up the fly colony. Whew! Must be a better way! (And remember, you need two pawpaw trees to tango).
We’re so sorry… but due to agricultural restrictions we cannot ship any plants outside of the United States, or to the states of California, Hawaii and Alaska. Also, citrus trees cannot be shipped outside of the state of Florida.
Here are some important things to know about your shipments
Unpacking Your Plants Guide: Prior to receiving our plants, please click this link to read our Unpacking Your Plants Guide to get to know the steps to keeping your plant healthy after receiving it.
We do NOT ship bare root: Our trees are shipped in the same exact containers they are grown in, for the most healthy transition. The plants are watered well before they are packed and wrapped in a shipping bag to ensure they stay moist during transit. It’s as if you came and picked them up right from our nursery yourself!
Why do we not offer free shipping? At Just Fruits, we price all of our plants online exactly as we do in the nursery. Therefore, the shipping cost is simply what it costs for us to get your order from the nursery to you. Many competitors may increase the plants’ prices in order to hide shipping costs… we do not do that. We want our customers to see exactly what the plant costs are, separate from what the shipping costs are. That way if you decided to come visit the nursery to pick up your plants instead, you would know how much you save in shipping.
Weather Watching: We now ship all year round! However, we do watch for extreme weather. If there is extremely cold or hot weather expected around your shipment date and on your path of shipment, we will contact you and notify you that we plan to hold the shipment for the next possible shipping date with better conditions. If you ask us to still ship it, through the conditions, we will not be responsible for any damage caused to the plant & UPS will not refund any claims. We love our plants, and do not want to see them die, so we would rather wait until it’s the right time to ship it, than risk losing a plant in transit.