When to prune young pawpaw tree?

soaht(Central CA 9B)January 27, 2013

Hi guys, I have a young 2 year old grafted paw paw tree and I want to know when should I prune it to encourage branching out? Right now it's only a single 3' tall twig that has just started showing signs of coming out of dormancy. If I do it should I top it in half above the graft line or I should just leave it alone to grow and will eventually branch out into the cone/triangular shape by it self? And when will it usually start bearing fruit from this grafted paw paw?

I'm aware that you need 2 for cross pollination of fruit bearing, but I have the cultivar "sunflower" that supposed to be self fertile. I know with another cultivar will be more productive, so I planned to graft another kind on to the one that I have now later to avoid having to plant another tree. Any help would greatly appreciated thank you in advance.

Seng

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Bradybb WA-Zone8

Seng,
"I should just leave it alone to grow and will eventually branch out into the cone/triangular shape by it self."That's your answer.From what I've read,they rarely need pruning.
"And when will it usually start bearing fruit from this grafted paw paw?"It usually takes 5-8 years to begin fruiting.
I also have a small Sunflower along with some other varieties that need to grow more. Brady

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 12:08PM
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soaht(Central CA 9B)

Thanks Brady, I will just leave it alone and see what will happen then if I need to do some pruning for correction I will.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 1:50PM
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chervil2(z5 MA)

For the younger years of my pawpaw trees I did not prune them at all. Now that they are established I top prune to so I can harvest the fruit more easily. Also, I have removed some branches that are crowded, weak, and could easily break with a heavy load of snow or high winds.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 10:32AM
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