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John starts with ...
what time of the year do paws start to flower, then fruit. Do they require insects to propergate this. What insects do this. What temperature range do they like for this to happen.
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Dianna says...
Hi John, Pawpaw's flower all through the year. All sorts of insects will pollinate them. You do need a male and a female plant. The female plant has the flower singly right up against the trunk, where the leaf stalks join the trunk. The male has long flower stalks with lots of flowers on them. You only need one male tree for lots of female trees. you can pollinate them by hand, take a male flower and rub it into the female flower to transfer the pollen. Frost will destroy the leaves of pawpaws, so cover them up at night with some hessian if there's a danger of frost. Good luck.
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John says...
Thanks Dianna
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Scott G says...
John, where I am on the Gold Coast we have winters down to about 4 degrees. During winter my pawpaws struggle. The yellow varieties seem to handle the cold better. During winter both my yellow and red types almost stop producing flowers (or drop them) and slow down their growth. Leaves grown in winter have shorter stems and the plants don't get much taller. The plants shed some of the old summer growth. Any of the late fruit that tries to ripen in winter usually has blemishes.

Polinators I have seen are bees and bumble bees but I would think their would be a lot more.

If you have a bisexual plant then you don't need males.

My male plants seem to prduce flowers from a younger age. When I have a plants that is holding off flowering for the first time I expect it not to be male. Which is good news because I get very little fruit from males.
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The Gold Coast
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John says...
Thats scott, all the i get i very important to me. i have a great fastinacion with wath i am growing.
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John says...
Sorry Scott, that was to be Thanks,
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