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Paw paw root system?

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Tash starts with ...
Hi. Can anyone tell me how extensive / invasive the root system of a paw paw tree is please?
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Tash
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17th April 2009 2:38pm
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Brendan says...
Hi Tash, Pawpaw roots are not that invasive or extensive at all. Because they don't live forever, when the tree dies the roots do too. They like growing near a concrete slab or concrete water tank. Give them a fair bit of Dolomite and a bit of Blood & Bone.
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18th April 2009 8:26am
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Tash says...
Thanks so much. Our water tanks are not concrete - but it is near them I was hoping to plant my trees. You have put my mind at rest.
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18th April 2009 8:29am
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Brendan says...
Tash, I forgot to tell you, the secret to grow the best pawpaws is mulch, mulch, mulch. Keep it ~ 200mm from the trunk, and you can have it 300mm thick. I'd add (apart from Dolomite and Blood & Bone), some Sulphate of Potash under the mulch. That will give you the best pawpaws.
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Tash says...
Thanks again Brendan. I appreciate the advice.
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Barbara says...
I would like to plant paw paws in pots. What depth and circumference would be best for them? Because they get tall I'm thinking a tall skinny pot would fall over.
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mildura, vic
27th September 2010 3:16pm
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Wayne says...
Pawpaws have a medium tap root as well as strong side feeders Barbara, something about the size of 1/2 a 44 gallon drum would be appreciated
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27th September 2010 6:48pm
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wirly says...
I was worried about the roots effecting the plumbing
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31st January 2015 5:54pm
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denise1 says...
There is a risk of plastic or alkathene pipes being squashed between two of divided taproots, I would think there is no risk with metal pipes.
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1st February 2015 8:39am
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Julie says...
Would a paw paw tree next to house foundations be ok? Not much space in the patio.
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9th February 2015 1:44pm
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denise1 says...
They wouldnt directly budge the foundation, but after the papaya dies, the taproot will die leaving a hole in the ground and could put your foundations at a small risk. You can grow a plant in a container, specially the dwarf one and avoid all risk.
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9th February 2015 3:50pm
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sternus1 says...
I really wouldn't worry about this happenng honestly. There isn't a papaya in the world large enough to grow a taproot that will cause your slab to slump and crack.
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sternus1
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Juju says...
Hi was wondering what size pot will suite a papaya 1051 southern red please.
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George says...
Hi was wondering what size pot will suite a papaya 1051 southern red please.
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi George

A container between 15-20 gallons (56-75 liters) in size, around 18-22 inches in diameter and 12-15 inches deep would be sufficient for growing papayas in containers.

Happy Gardening :-)
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21st January 2018 4:52pm
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Bergo says...
Hi
Can you suggest a better way to separate these 3 Paw Paw. I am thinking of separating ALL the roots in a tub of water, rather than pulling apart.
Any comments will be appreciated..
Bergo.
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8th February 2021 5:35pm
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