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Re: [nafex] Pawpaw Report

  I live east of Lansing. I have 18 varieties of pawpaws on three trees. 
Most are still hard as rocks. I have been able to get a few for eating. I 
was also at the MNGA meet and talked with Larry Sibley (Corwin's son-in-law 
who took over corwins business) and Roger miller from Eaton Rapids, plus 
others. All are saying they have a lot that are still hard as rocks. There 
are a few varieties that are eatable, but even those are late. weird summer 
with cool nights. My pawpaws are usually all picked by the first week in 
Oct. I see a couple more weeks at least. Even my early oct 1st pecans may 
not drop before the first freeze at the rate they are going. none have 
started to split as yet.
   That's my report.   Gordon C. Nofs  Flint, MI.
I have not contributed much to the list or Pomona in year I have been a
member of NAFEX and I hope this report is of some interest.

I live about ten miles from  Lansing, Michigan in zone 5.  I planted my two
trees about 9 years ago and the trees are now about 8 feet tall.   They have
been bearing fruit for three years.  The trees are from Corwin Davis here in
Michigan.  I think they are seedlings.  The fruit from these trees are
different in size and ripen about a week apart with the tree producing the
larger fruit ripen later.

Today was my day to pick pawpaw.  I also picked up a few fruit last week
that dropped or been blown down.

   I picked 35 fruit with a total weight of a little over 18 pounds from one
tree.  The 3 largest fruit from the tree averaged about 1 pound per fruit.
The average weight of the fruit from this tree was a little over 8 ounces.
This seems like a decent yield.

  I picked 32 fruit from the other tree with a total weight of about 7.5 
The largest fruit weighed 9 ounces.  The average weight of the fruit was
about 4 ounces.

I tried something new this year to improve pollination.   I purchased two
hang up fly traps that contained an attractant.  I soaked a pieces of cloth
with the attractant and wrapped one piece cloth around a branch in each
tree.  I don't know if this improved pollination or not but I thought it was
worth trying.

Tom Volkening
Engineering Librarian
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1226
Phone  517-432-1498
Fax       517-353-9041
Email     volkenin@mail.lib.msu.edu

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