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Striking pawpaw seeds

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Wayne starts with ...
When striking pawpaw seeds is it best to dry them first or can I plant them fresh from the pawpaw in a seed raising mix and how long would it take for me to see some action.
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Wayne
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Correy says...
I dry them out a bit before I put them in the soil. Usually in a couple of weeks you get some action.

The trick from a seed though is you need to wait until the flowers develop (a couple of months later) because you need one female and one male so that you can get fruit. This may take a lot of trial and error before you get the right combination and a trained eye.

This might help you on determining which paw paw flower is male or female

If you want the easy way out your could try the Pawpaw - Southern Red Bisexual
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21st May 2008 7:54am
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Wayne says...
Thanks Correy, the seeds are from a Red Bisexual and I understand that it's going to be pot luck with what I get.
I did plant some dried seeds but in three weeks nothing has happened as yet.
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Anonymous says...
pawpaw seeds can take 3 months to germinate.i know because i use to grow acres of them.in very warm climates with temps around 32 deg c and above, they take about 6 weeks.the secret is NOT to place too much soil on top of seeds.just enough to cover is fine.keep moist at all times but not wet.failing this = no germinating..
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Anonymous says...
oh,i forgot to say this in last reply.pawpaw seeds germinate better if seeds are dry.the clear membrane that surrounds seeds in a pawpaw has (natural) anti germination chemicals.to rid this membrane i ferment seeds in beer yeast for at least 3 weeks.after this the membrane should of let go.dry seeds in sun for 1 week then plant.they say drying seeds in the sun kills them.beleive me this is NOT TRUE..i get 99% strike rate when i follow this procedure...this was a tip that a pawpaw seed seller told me years ago.he use to supply seeds for commercial use...
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ANDY says...
DOES ANYONE READ THESE?if anyone wants further help just reply..
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Potter's Grove says...
Glad I found this site.
Have sown dry pawpaw seeds 3 weeks ago and so far not a trace. Does it really take 3 months or so?
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Wayne says...
From memory I think things started to happen after about 4 weeks, not sure now, so let them go a bit longer Potter's Grove, maybe longer now that the weather is cooling. It is not really a good time of year to get them to strike where you are so try keep them in a warm and sunny spot.
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Lex says...
Thanks for all the useful info on this subject.
I have a couple of questions. First, when is the ideal time to plant the seeds? Second, has anyone tried to grow them south of Sydney (but in a frost free climate zone)?
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Ellen says...
I've sown the seeds back in late October, but nothing sprout out, in January I was about to use the pot for something else as I seen nothing , lo and behold, a tiny little pawpaw tree came up, so don't fret if it doesn't grow in 4-8 weeks . And I am in SouthWest of Sydney
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Helen Lobb says...
Hi, thanx 4 the info!...almost told me all I need 2 know!
Would striking seeds in dampspagnum moss in plastic bag work?
How much humidity do they prefer?
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Mudgirl says...
I think Bokashi bins are the secret ... I have so many papayas coming up after a bit of fermenting.
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Tomato says...
Hi Mudgirl, how do you ferment the seeds ? Thank you very much.
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