Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)




Propagation Method

Seed collection: Pawpaw fruits are berries. They can be collected in summer after the fruits begin to soften. Pawpaw fruits are edible. Seeds are large and easily removed after cutting open the fruit.

Seeds of pawpaw should not be allowed to dry out. They can be stored for short periods (1-2 year) in air tight containers in the refrigerator if not allowed to dry out.

Seed dormancy: Pawpaw has physiological dormancy.

Seed germination: Stratify seeds using moist chilling for 100-120 days to satisfy physiological dormancy. Seeds contain a very small embryo that requires time to grow before germination begins. It can take over a month to see seedlings emerge after sowing.

Following stratification, sow seeds in a nursery container to produce a seedling or sow them in a plastic container in the classroom to observe germination.

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