Episode #27: Growing Pawpaw Trees(Replay)

Broadcast on November 28, 2017 at 1pm EST

They’re native in large parts of North America. They produce delicious fruit that tastes a bit like mango, banana and vanilla custard. So why can it be so challenging to grow pawpaw trees?

Pawpaw expert and author Dan Bisonette and his pawpaw tree in Windsor, Ontario.

In this episode of The Urban Forestry Radio Show we speak to horticulturalist Dan Bissonnette, author of The Pawpaw Grower’s Manual For Ontario. On the show Dan answers our questions about why it can be hard to establish and grow pawpaw trees, how to grow and care for them, and what to do with the delicious fruit. And the conversation with Dan continues on this post on OrchardPeople.com’s facebook page.

The host of the Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast is Susan Poizner of the fruit tree care education website www.orchardpeople.com. Susan is also the author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards. Listen to previous episodes of The Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast at www.orchardpeople.com/podcast and subscribe to the iTunes podcast.

Tune into The Urban Forestry Radio Show LIVE by going to RealityRadio101.com on the last Tuesday of every month at 1.00 pm Eastern Time. This show covers fruit trees, food forests, permaculture and arboriculture.

What you will learn about growing pawpaw trees in this episode

  • What does pawpaw fruit taste like?
  • What is the difference between American, Caribbean and Australian pawpaws?
  • How can these plants provide economic prosperity?
  • What are some damaging conditions to avoid for a newly planted pawpaw tree?
  • What are the optimal conditions for growing pawpaw trees?
  • Can pawpaw trees grow and mature healthily in a pot?
  • How and when do you transplant a pawpaw tree?
  • How do you prune pawpaw trees?
  • What are their pollination requirements?
  • What are the common diseases or pests that afflict pawpaws?
  • What regions should you purchase pawpaw seeds from?
  • How do you propagate pawpaws from seed or fruit?
  • What are the optimal soil conditions for growing pawpaw trees?

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