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Old 06-08-2012, 07:24 AM
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I was walking around the woods behind my house and discovered that I have a Paw Paw patch (30 yards behind my house). The trees are still little but they are growing fruit and I am looking forward to eating them. (for those that don't know what a Paw Paw is: http://www.blossomnursery.com/pawpaw_TREE_&_FRUIT.html)

I am going to take my loppers out later today and clear around all of them and start to make them the dominant tree so they will flourish.

Also, last Sunday I went hiking on timberland behind my house and found another patch. So, I will have that patch to pick too.

I have found Huckleberries, Blackberries, Beauty Berries, Hickory's (some I plan to graft with Pecans), Sassafras, Wax Myrtle, Muscadines, a smaller wild grape, Sparkleberries and now Paw Paws on my property.

Of course, I also have plenty of Oaks for acorns to use as a food source too.

Add to that any gardening and fruit bearing trees that I plant and I should have quite a bounty. I have planted (so far) 2 Pear trees, 3 Lemon trees, and 1 Mandarin Orange tree. I am slowly getting me a good variety as time and money allows.


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I had never heard of those!! How cool! I wish I lived in the woods where things would grow All I ever see is a bunch of cacti!
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I too have cactii. I have Spanish Bayonet that I use to make very strong twine. Plus, I have transplanted an edible cactus from Texas and it is doing very well.

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I have well over a 100 in a patch down by the creek.
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I too have cactii. I have Spanish Bayonet that I use to make very strong twine. Plus, I have transplanted an edible cactus from Texas and it is doing very well.

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spanish bayonet is super sharp too and if you needed to you can make blowgun darts or arrow points with the tip ends
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I just found 6 more trees in a close group on another part of my property.

This hill must have been covered with Paw Paw trees before a previous owner had it completely clear-cut for the pulp wood. Anything for a nickle in this day and age I guess.

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I'm jealous I love paw paw's I have several small trees none fruiting yet.


Are you willing to sell any seeds ?
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I'm jealous I love paw paw's I have several small trees none fruiting yet.


Are you willing to sell any seeds ?
No. But, I would give you some. The only problem is that they can not dry out so, I would have to send them as soon as I took them out of the fruit.

Might I suggest getting on the email list for some trees from BlossomNursery.com by sending an email to [email protected]. The trees won't be ready until late summer according to the email I got from them.

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I was walking around the woods behind my house and discovered that I have a Paw Paw patch (30 yards behind my house). The trees are still little but they are growing fruit and I am looking forward to eating them. (for those that don't know what a Paw Paw is: http://www.blossomnursery.com/pawpaw_TREE_&_FRUIT.html)

I am going to take my loppers out later today and clear around all of them and start to make them the dominant tree so they will flourish.

Also, last Sunday I went hiking on timberland behind my house and found another patch. So, I will have that patch to pick too.

I have found Huckleberries, Blackberries, Beauty Berries, Hickory's (some I plan to graft with Pecans), Sassafras, Wax Myrtle, Muscadines, a smaller wild grape, Sparkleberries and now Paw Paws on my property.

Of course, I also have plenty of Oaks for acorns to use as a food source too.

Add to that any gardening and fruit bearing trees that I plant and I should have quite a bounty. I have planted (so far) 2 Pear trees, 3 Lemon trees, and 1 Mandarin Orange tree. I am slowly getting me a good variety as time and money allows.


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just remember they are a understory tree and prefer to be in the shade of other trees

that said if you could save the seeds from the fruits i would love to try to sprout some to grow here
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just remember they are a understory tree and prefer to be in the shade of other trees

that said if you could save the seeds from the fruits i would love to try to sprout some to grow here
I could probably put some seeds in a ziplock with wet/damp paper towel and mail them using fast mail but, then you would have to put them in you refrigerator for 70-100 days before you plant them.

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I could probably put some seeds in a ziplock with wet/damp paper towel and mail them using fast mail but, then you would have to put them in you refrigerator for 70-100 days before you plant them.

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would work for me
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We planted them on our land, and they all died.
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We planted them on our land, and they all died.
did you try it nursery style for a few years before planting?
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did you try it nursery style for a few years before planting?
We planted bare root seedlings we bought from the Kansas Forestry Commission.

Planted them as understory along a small stream in rich, black soil.

Stream did not go dry in the drought, so they would have received moisture.
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We planted bare root seedlings we bought from the Kansas Forestry Commission.

Planted them as understory along a small stream in rich, black soil.

Stream did not go dry in the drought, so they would have received moisture.
I have never had success with bare roots going straight into the ground what I find works real well( when my goats dont eat them) is getting a good soil mix half where they will be and half good peat and other stuff and then grow them in containers for a year or so, so that they can develop a strong root system before i plant them also when you plant can have alot to do with the survival

best time to plant is fall after every things dormant or spring before everything buds
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I could probably put some seeds in a ziplock with wet/damp paper towel and mail them using fast mail but, then you would have to put them in you refrigerator for 70-100 days before you plant them.

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Thank You, I appreciate the kind offer
But I think I will order somewear a known variety
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Thought about trying to grow some but I understand it takes several years before they start bearing fruit. But, as a friend said, the best time to plant a tree was ten years ago.
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I consider it a prep
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Thought about trying to grow some but I understand it takes several years before they start bearing fruit. But, as a friend said, the best time to plant a tree was ten years ago.
all fruit trees take several years to fruit
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