I Need Pawpaw Pollen, Please!
Yep, you read right. I need pawpaw pollen! First, though, let me go back a few years to explain what has led to this strange request.
It all started years ago, with a young boy researching edible gardening on the internet. An interesting fruit with a funny name kept popping up in his searches and he soon became obsessed with the idea of growing one. Well, that boy was me and the fruit was the pawpaw. Thus begins the story leading eventually to my current dilemma.
In the interest of time (and your sanities), I'll try to quickly outline the rest of the story. So there I was, young and eager to grow and taste this unusual fruit, but as a student living in apartments, I had no place to plant the trees. So I waited a few years, graduated, got a job, and bought a house. So I got on the internet, and decided to go with two varieties widely agreed to be among the best, Susquehanna and Shenendoah. Only, these Peterson varieties were only grown by the man himself and the waiting list was a year long! So I placed my order and patiently waited a year. Received the pawpaws the next spring, stuck them in the ground... and waited a few more years. Finally, last spring the bare branches developed these funny little round buds, which to my great pleasure turned into flowers! Finally, I would have fruit! So in my excitement I mixed up a fertilizer solution in order to help the trees maximize fruit set. Only, I think I may have overdone it and the Shenandoah ended up dying before it could polinate the other tree. The good news is that the rootstock sprouted back up and in the year since, has nearly grown to the height of the other tree. But it has no fruit buds and my Susquehanna is preparing for another fruitless year.
That is, unless some kind soul could collect a pollen-coated anther or two off their pawpaw this spring and give it to me. I can pay for shipping if needed, or if you are in the Triangle area of North Carolina, I can pick it up in person.
Thanks in advance!