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anybody growing paw paws in CA?

Posted by ashleysf 9 San Jose, CA (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 22, 10 at 12:00

It seems that this is a real trendy fruit tree to grow right now. I have read so much on people starting to grow it etc. Only thing is I have never seen or heard about it until 2 years ago. Is anyone growing it in California? Are there any suitable varieties for this state? How do they taste? Someone told me that they taste like bananas?? And how big are the tress? (heard that seedlings are the best bet for growing). My shopping for trees is done for this year - just planning ahead for next year. Thanks in advance for your help.

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RE: anybody growing paw paws in CA?

Jack Swords (former president of the local chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers Association) lives not far from me in Nipomo. He has several paw-paw trees. I have forgotten the specific varities he actually grows but he mentioned these as worthy here, in conversation:

‘Mary Foos Johnson’,
‘Rebecca’s Gold’,
‘Sunflower’ (sf),

Only 'Sunflower' is self-fertile. The rest need hand pollinating.


RE: anybody growing paw paws in CA?

One is more likely to see Pawpaws in the southeastern US.

RE: anybody growing paw paws in CA?

  • Posted by tammysf 9b/10a or sz15/16 (My Page) on
    Thu, Mar 25, 10 at 22:52

Langiers farm sells them at bay area fa rmers market in October if I remember correctly.

They are related to cherimoyas.

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