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Pawpaw Indian banana

PawPaw IndianerbananenThe pawpaw, which is also called paw paw or papaw or botanically Asimina triloba, is an exotic fruit tree from the New World, i.e. from North America.

   
 
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More useful information about Pawpaw Indian banana

The pawpaws owe their German name 'Indian banana' to their large fruits, which are particularly nutritious and tasty. The fruits weigh over 200 g and have golden-coloured flesh without fibres, which has a wonderful mild-sweet flavour. There is a danger of confusion between the fruit and the tropical papaya, but the pawpaw is in no way inferior in taste. Here in the Lubera garden shop you can buy a pawpaw plant for every garden.

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After you buy a pawpaw and if you want to harvest the plant successfully, there are some special features to consider. Asimina triloba is not always self-pollinating and not very attractive to native insects. Therefore pawpaw or paw paw must be pollinated by hand. For this purpose, the pollen is spread from almost defoliated flowers onto freshly developed flowers.

The choice of varieties for cultivation in this country also requires a little sensitivity. If you can or want to plant only one pawpaw, you should choose the varieties 'Prima' or 'Sunflower'. If you have more space and are looking at the big harvest, you should combine a giant Papaw of the 'Shenandoah' variety with another variety. In any case, the Lubera® team will be happy to help you to find the right pawpaw variety so that you can soon harvest your own pawpaw fruits.

Our pawpaw Indian banana varieties

The fruits of the pawpaws have also given them their name. If you consider what “paw” means in English and if you look at the fruits growing in bundles, you can see the paw of a dog or other predator in the outline. All of our pawpaws are about 1 - 2 metres wide, but they vary in height.

  • The variety Sunflower grows about 1.5 to 3 metres high and ripens relatively early in September. The advantage is that Sunflower is self-fertile. Its flesh is very aromatic and melting.
  • The variety Prima is also self-fertile; it grows up to 2.5 m high and the fruits ripen in October. The flesh is sweet and has no fibres.
  • The Giant pawpaw Shenandoah is a non self-fertile variety from the breeder Neal Peterson. The tree grows 2 to 3.5 metres high and must be planted together with another pawpaw variety. The fruit ripens from the beginning to the middle of October. The honey yellow flesh tastes very sweet and exotic.
  • In the Lubera garden shop you will also find the variety KSU Atwood, which grows between 2 and 3 metres high. It is not self-fertile, but has a wonderful mango taste. It was bred at Kentucky State University.

Planting time and planting of pawpaw Indian bananas

After you buy a pawpaw from Lubera, it is delivered as a young plant in containers and can be planted at any time during frost-free weather. If a spring planting is done by April at the latest, growth will start in the year of planting. If planting takes place later, significant growth will only start in the following year.

The location for the pawpaw should be very sunny. The soil should be slightly acidic to neutral; the pH-value is correspondingly 5.5 to 7. The structure of the soil should be deep, humus-rich and medium heavy; stagnant moisture must be avoided.

The pawpaw plant can be planted at close intervals, as it has a high and oval crown. If you have a lot of space, the Asimina can also be planted as a hedge. However, a minimum distance of 100 cm should be maintained. The pawpaw plant also does not tolerate sharp hedge trimming, otherwise the flowering and fruit formation will suffer.

The planting hole must have twice the volume of the root ball. The coarse and sparse roots are spread out in the planting hole and then covered with soil. One must take care that no weeds or other plants grow under the pawpaw in the first years.

In spite of its exoticism, the pawpaw is completely hardy, i.e. down to -28°C. In the second year after planting, it needs a nitrogen-rich, slightly acidic fertiliser in April or May. Pawpaw plants have ferric chlorosis when the leaves appear light yellow or strongly lightened. If iron deficiency is present, we recommend fertilizing with Frutilizer Instant Solution Fe during the vegetation phase.

Caring for pawpaw plants

After you buy a pawpaw, the large trees will need some time to take root and connect with the new location. Therefore you have to be patient when growing pawpaws. In the first years, it is even advisable to remove the attached fruits first so that the tree puts enough energy into the growth and less into the fruits.

Pruning the pawpaw plants is not complicated. Competitive shoots are removed at the top to allow straight growth. In older trees, branches that have become too large can be cut down to a stub in order to promote new growth. Basically, and especially when planting hedges, care must be taken to ensure that the wood that is not fertile is cut off. PawPaw blooms and bears fruit on this year’s wood. So when pruning, the new growth should only be cut off when the tree becomes too large.

The fruit of Asimina triloba is harvested in autumn. With the large, heavy fruits, care must first be taken to ensure that they do not become overripe. This is where the pressure test known from figs (Ficus carica) helps, in which the flesh is carefully pressed with the thumb and index finger. The ripe fruit can either be eaten immediately or stored in the refrigerator for up to three weeks without the flesh becoming mushy.

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