paw paw caretakers needed!

remember the paw paw seedlings?  no?  learn more here.  they are ready to find a new home, and i’m looking for places for them to live.  but i’m not looking to sell them, i’m looking to find folks that will care for them.

the deal is – i want paw paws growing in detroit that all have access to, so i’m trying to find folks that will plant them in public spaces and agreeing to take care of them and tell me where they are so i can check on them from time to time as they grow and eventually collect more seeds from.

idea locations would be shady spots on flood plans – I’m thinking river rouge park, eliza howell park, and belle isle.  maple dominated forests all the better! a pair of trees needs to be planted at each site to insure better pollination.   you would need to keep the little guys weed free and watered for the first year, and then they should be fine on their own.  really not that much work.

if you want a couple of paw paw’s for yr yard and agree to be care taker for some wild paw paw’s i’m fine by that, i just want to make sure most of them go to places that everyone has access.  shoot me an email to work out the details dirtysabot at gmail dot com.

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9 responses to “paw paw caretakers needed!

  1. Do you know the folks at Hamtown Farms? They’re trying to get a Pawpaw farm started.

  2. Hey Patrick, this is wonderful that you are doing this! I’m not sure if you’ve heard about our forest garden project but were actually planting a 2 acre forest garden this spring in the neighborhood. We have 6 grafted paw paws but I was hoping to plant some seedlings too. I was going to start some this spring from seed and plant out next spring in the floodplain. I have some happy homes for some of them…as many as you can’t find homes for. All over the city would be great so try to accomplish that first. Thanks for sharing these!

  3. I don’t know if you’d be willing to send some across the border but you might want to compare notes with this project !

    http://www.naturalizedhabitat.org/content/view/22/57/

  4. Hey Patrick, this is wonderful that you are doing this! I’m not sure if you’ve heard about our forest garden project but were actually planting a 2 acre forest garden this spring in the neighborhood. We have 6 grafted paw paws but I was hoping to plant some seedlings too. I was going to start some this spring from seed and plant out next spring in the floodplain. I have some happy homes for some of them…as many as you can’t find homes for. Some should wait until fall because the floodplain is fierce in spring. All of Riets paw paws died from a spring planting last year. All over the city would be great so try to accomplish that first. Thanks for sharing these!

    • jeremy, i’d be happy to provide some pawpaws for forest garden if you also were to find some places in eliza howell to plant them out too! if you want them we should plan on digging soon, they are just beginning to leaf out. shoot me an email and we can work out details. we can save some to plant in the fall too after they go dormant.

  5. Patrick:
    I live at 16854 Sunderland, Detroit, MI. Greening of Detroit has a tree orchard on Stahelin that backs up to my backyard. What about some paw paws there? It floods in the spring (it could have been a Rouge wetland). I could watch over them from my back porch.

    • mark – i’m really looking for some places where the paw paws can grow wild. i’m really hoping that if placed in the right places in a number of years we will see them populating themselves around the city. I’ll let you know if I don’t get any takers.

  6. sorry that this isnt in the right spot or whatever on your blog for posting this – i thought/hoped maybe you could give me a little advice….i planted four pawpaws – different varities – one last year and three this year. they were all doing good and had about 4-5 leaves each except for the last year pawpaw which had about 7-8 leaves. it has been very hot and dry in our area….when i planted them i had put down cardboard due to the very viney conditions of the area (we just purchased 10 acres about a year ago and they werent taken care of so we did a lot of clearing but these vines just keep growing back and choking everything). i had down some mulch from the plants i raked out of the pond. i have been reading different opinions on the cardboard thing. so i cut a larger circle in the cardboard so the actual area surrounding them was much larger and clear of the cardboard – then i put down compost – dirt type compost and mulch over that – i actually did it rather lightly i thought and left several inches free from their trunks (they are very small right now – like sticks and just maybe three feet tall). anyway, within two days all their leaves had turned brown and fallen off except for one – but that one isnt looking so good either. we have sandy soil. what did i do to kill them? or is there a chance they may come back? thank you so much for any information you can give me.

    • paw paws in general are tough plants to transplant. they don’t like their tap rot disturbed, so you have to be very careful. when transplanting trees for best success you should try to plant as early in spring as possible when the ground has thawed, but the plants are still dorment. preparing the soil ahead of planting day is always a good call, i dig a hole about twice the size of the root ball, add plenty of finished compost and add more as i back fill around the root ball. when planting the tree, you must water very heavily, this is not so much to water them, but to make sure the soil is closed up around the root ball. newly planted trees also need plenty of water until the roots get established, watering often if you are without rain, especially when it has been hot and dry. sandy soils are going to need more water. the first year is crucial after that you don’ usually have to water. i think they are likely not gonna make it – but the real test is in the wood of the tree, if its ridged and breaks it’s dead if it is still green and bends, you have a chance. best of luck

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