The Wilson is loaded with flowers as per usual. The Mango Pawpaw is also exhibiting ‘early’ opening of leaf material. Usually the flowers come first and are nearly finished producing new openings before the leaves present themselves. Wonder about if it’s going into a resting cycle. It’s been producing famously for 12-14-16 years, I dunno, a whole bunch of years, with a lot of well maturing berries. Usually around 125count anyway, at least the last 10 years I’d guess. Or maybe someone knows if they go into decline. Pawpaws in general or Mango specifically. A neighbor, maybe 3/4 of a mile from here, had a younger mango (4” caliper) Pawpaw that up and died maybe 4 years ago. Her friend suggested the heavily chip mulched yard topping may have suffocated the roots. After a few years. Huhhm? I did mulch, fall before last, with potting soil ‘pads’ from the growing of micro greens after harvest. Seemed to be the right thing to do at the time.
l don’t recall if one of those recent Pawpaw posting links (within the last 3-6 months) had made mention of specific decline, although I do seem to remember mention of a decline in the trials at the Corvallis station of the germ plasm repository, leaving, I believe just some of the seedlings and none of the early named varieties.
I'm hoping she just wants to rest.
This is an interesting question James, but I don't really know the answer. I've had pawpaws for many years, but I moved and planted new ones, so I haven't really had one particular tree for a long time. Following.
Mine tend to die after a few years. I had fruit on Sunflower, then the scion died but rootstock grew. NC-1 fruited but looks like the trunk has a disease. It has a couple of fruits this year. I'm letting some rootstock suckers grow and they bloomed this year but no fruit. Allegheny and Rebecca's Gold died after a few years. Mango is still alive - small.
Mango had one flower set. All of my set fruits were ones I hand pollinated.
The rootstock from Sunflower has a cluster, and NC-1 has a single or two.
I'm letting mine grow as bushes now so if a top dies there could still be fruit from the rootstock. With grafted types, of course it's no longer that cultivar. I did have some seedlings but they might be overtaken with weeds. I should check and take better care of them. The rootstocks are just pawpaw seedlings anyway.
Pawpaw tree clump or bush (NC-1and suckers)
I have never grafted pawpaws, but I've grown many seedlings. Do you who have grafted pawpaws have any hints? I think that I have read that they are more successfully grafted later than apples. Maybe late May or June, like persimmons. Any ideas?