Best way to naturally grow Paw Paws form seeds?

Stone Branch

10 pointer
Jun 27, 2019
1,231
Lewis county, KY
Added a cup of water to the mix. Shook and let set for an hour or so. It is damp but not wet. Took an handful, squeezed it 4 times and what was left made a loose clump ball. Hope its damp enough. Squeezed the air out of the bag and zipped it shut.

Keep an eye on your seeds over the stratification period to make sure that they don't grow fungus. Fungus will destroy the germ.

I need to find the one on my place..I see coon and coyote shit all the time with paw paw seeds in it..and I can't find that damn tree for the life of me.

I gathered some coyote stratified paw paw seeds this year.

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Stone Branch

10 pointer
Jun 27, 2019
1,231
Lewis county, KY
I have had decent success stratifying seeds like acorns and chestnuts in sphagnum peat moss addressing mold issues when they popped up. Two years ago I did chestnuts in gallon bags in the finely ground sphagnum product which was all that I could find. Mold got every damn seed. This year I put chestnuts in dirt out on the porch in a plastic barrel. I water occasionally to keep a bit damp.

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grinder

12 pointer
Oct 28, 2003
2,116
harrodsburg, ky, USA.
Barney, would not planting them in leaf litter in the fall be the same as sitting in fridge ? Cool damp, for months. Im aware critters can and will find seed, but if you had an abundance of seed…., not sure my wife will be good with a bag of dirt in the frigitater all winter.
 

barney

12 pointer
Oct 11, 2005
17,047
Barney, would not planting them in leaf litter in the fall be the same as sitting in fridge ? Cool damp, for months. Im aware critters can and will find seed, but if you had an abundance of seed…., not sure my wife will be good with a bag of dirt in the frigitater all winter.
That would work fine. Cover the litter with screen and maybe put a cinder block or rock on top.
 

barney

12 pointer
Oct 11, 2005
17,047
Squirrels cleaned out a bunch of those Large Hickory Nuts a few years ago.
How Do they Do That???
I don't have a clue. I lost some English walnuts I was stratifying in a porch planter a few years ago. The squirrels pulled the screen off in late February and feasted.
 

JR in KY

12 pointer
Jan 25, 2006
5,804
The Occupied South
Yeah. Me also curious.
I had a neighbor (died of Chinese Virus) who planted several behind an old shed several years ago. They did well and had fruit on them.
I think I will drive by and see if they still there.
 

Luther's Feist

10 pointer
Oct 25, 2014
1,312
Coeburn, Va
I planted probably a couple hundred pawpaw seeds by covering em with leaf liter over the years and never had the first one to sprout. The only patch I knew of got cut out this past summer. Hoping to find another or maybe order some saplings
 

JR in KY

12 pointer
Jan 25, 2006
5,804
The Occupied South
Yeah. Me also curious.
I had a neighbor (died of Chinese Virus) who planted several behind an old shed several years ago. They did well and had fruit on them.
I think I will drive by and see if they still there.
Well. Here they are.
I don't know exactly what he did to the Seeds...knowing this fella, he may have swallered them and Crapped in a Hole back there.


I would advise against planting any in the Woods. Critters will find them.
I recommend Flower Pots on your porch.
 

barney

12 pointer
Oct 11, 2005
17,047
Some neighbors I worked for a few years back had a bunch of pawpaw trees in their backyard. When I asked where they came from, was told someone brought them a handful of fruit 10 or so years ago and they spit the seeds off the back porch when they ate em.
 


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