TERRI: They are not self-pollinating so you need two plants to have fruit. It is not that they have only male or female flowers – God made them perfect in that they have both male and female parts of the flower. But, just like middle school, the female part has matured and moved on before the male part has matured. They do cross pollinate easily between species, resulting in some really pretty flowers.
DAVID: Do we need to hang rotting chicken necks around the trees to get fruit? My wife really doesn’t like that idea!
attract the pollinators. This is not at all necessary for the homeowner to do. I get plenty of fruit off the ones in my yard and not a dead chicken in sight. If you plant it the pollinators will come.
DAVID: Excellent. There’s one less objection… but aren’t PawPaws a pain in the neck to grow? Why should we bother?
plants. There are so many reasons to plant a pawpaw in your yard. They are the only plant the caterpillars of the beautiful zebra swallowtail butterfly will eat. They have very beautiful flowers and are very hardy
after they are established. The edible fruit feeds us and the wildlife. They are drought tolerant, cold tolerant and very long lived.
DAVID: That makes sense. Now, being a total plant nerd, I really want to grow some. Where should I plant them and what do I need to do to
keep them alive?
The eighth species, which is the Asimina parviflora or “Smallflower Pawpaw,” is an tall understory shrub to small tree. It likes the shade and its growth habit is effected by how heavy the shade it gets. In dappled shade it will be a shrub and in heavy shade it’s more of a small tree. It fruits fine in the shade. It also likes moist, fertile but well-drained soil.
person in the state raising our native PawPaws for sale. Where can we find your price list and ordering info if we want to pick up a native Florida pawpaw or three?
species. I do ship and sell retail and wholesale.
33930 Washington Ave
Leesburg, Fl 34788
DAVID: Very cool. Thanks a bunch for answering my questions. See you at the Master Gardener Spring Sale!