Paw Paw (Asimina triloba), select, fresh, packet of 10 seeds


Family: Cuatard Apple (Annonaceae)

Hardy to Zones 5 to 8
(Uvaria triloba, Pawpaw) Perennial deciduous tree native to the Southern and Eastern United States. These seeds are from cultivated trees selected by University of Kentucky to provide large and tasty fruits.   The banana-like pawpaw is America’s largest edible fruit–looks like an escape from the tropics. Tasting like banana custard.  Traditional usage: sedative, laxative medicine. Tree prefers part shade and a moist, slightly acidic forest soil.  These are fresh, undried seeds that we keep under refrigeration.  Please plant as soon as possible after receipt.  Plant about 1 inch deep in sandy loam soil or good potting soil, mulch with well rotted leaves or coir and keep in outdoor or preferably shadehouse conditions until germination, which occurs in the spring.  Another approach is to sow these cold-stored seeds at appx 60 degrees F (15 degrees C) and expect germination in 30 to 90 days.  Transplant early or provide very deep pots to give taproot room to grow.  Ultimately best to transplant to the landscape before it gets too big.  I caged mine and am adding compost to get them up past the critical 6 foot height.  Once trees get that high, they tend to survive pretty well. But in the mean time, Pawpaw trees need to be babied along.  Space trees at least 15 feet apart.

10 seeds per packet, Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMO’s


Paw Paw (Asimina triloba), select, packet of 10 seeds

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  1. Rebecca



    Do you need 2 paw paw trees to make fruit , and how long before they fruit?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Rebecca, Paw Paw are self-fertile and take 4 years to make fruit under the best of conditions. richo

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    Admin Richo Cech

    Comment from Kentucky State University: Pawpaw seed is slow to germinate, but it is not difficult to grow seedlings if certain procedures are followed. Do not allow the seed to freeze or dry out, because this can destroy the immature, dormant embryo. If seeds are dried for 3 days at room temperature, the germination percentage can drop to less than 20%. To break dormancy, the seed must receive a period of cold, moist stratification for 70-100 days. This may be accomplished by sowing the seed late in the fall and letting it overwinter; the seed will germinate the following year in late July to late August. Another way is to stratify the seed in the refrigerator (32o- 40o F/0o- 4o C). In this case the cleaned seed should be stored in a plastic ziplock bag with a little moist sphagnum moss to keep the seed moist and suppress fungal and bacterial growth. After stratification the seed should be sown 1 inch (2.5 cm) deep in a well-aerated soil mix, pH 5.5-7, with an optimum temperature of 75o- 85oF (24o- 29o C). Use tall containers, such as tree pots (ht. 14″-18″/35-45 cm) or root trainers (ht. 10″/25 cm), to accommodate the long taproot. The seed will normally germinate in 2-3 weeks, and the shoot will emerge in about 2 months. Germination is hypogeal: the shoot emerges without any cotyledons. For the first two years, growth is slow as the root system establishes itself, but thereafter it accelerates. Trees normally begin to bear fruit when the saplings reach 6 feet, which usually requires five to eight years.

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    • Erin

      Erin (verified owner)

      I’m very excited to have germinated 8 of the 12 seeds I received. I play tennis and cut the bottom off the ball cans and put them in soil to contain the tap root. Worked great. Transplanted three biggest ones when growth was 3-4″ above soil and root was just an inch or so below bottom of the can and not yet at the bottom of its growing container. Now I have few more to give away before they get too big.

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