PAWPAWS IN THE WILD
Slide 5: First, let’s discuss pawpaw in the wild. Pawpaw is usually found in the forest understory where it is native. Many people tell me that they have a pawpaw patch with no fruit. In the forest understory, the lack of sunlight can lead to reduced photo-assimilate partitioning to fruit and poor fruit set. Pawpaw trees often sucker profusely and large patches can be clonal. If genetically different trees are not nearby for pollination, fruit set can also be low. Flies and beetles are the major pollinators of pawpaw, and a lack of pollinators can also lead to poor fruit set.