We were down in the garden the other day when hubby pointed out to me that there was a pawpaw tree growing in the garden. This pawpaw tree was not planted by us and is in a part of the garden that has not been prepared for planting. In fact the soil that it’s growing is actually from underneath a concrete slab that we had removed and replaced underneath our house a while back. Actually I don’t even think it’s soil. It looks more like clay. Once hubby pointed out this random pawpaw growing our garden, I’m instantly thinking this is excellent, we can transplant it into some better soil and we’ll be growing our own pawpaws.
Thanks to an awesome website that I frequent often, Tropical Permaculture, I was able to find out all I needed to know about growing pawpaws. The good thing is that pawpaws are quick to grow fruit and fruit all year round. They grow well in a frost free climate and enjoy lots of sunlight and water. Perfect for a hot tropical climate like North Queensland.
Pawpaws can be male, female or bisexual. Males don’t grow fruit however they are required for pollination. So in order to actually grow pawpaws, you need a female and a male plant. My first bit of bad news – I only have one plant. The other thing is, they don’t transplant well, so moving it to another part of the garden is really not a good option.
I’m still puzzled as to how the pawpaw tree came to grow in my garden and as it’s not likely to grow fruit, I’m just going to enjoy watching it grow.