Gardening in Southwest Washington State. Aiming for good food, sustainability, diversity, ecological balance. Learning from tradition, science, experience, and experimentation. Growing fruits, vegetables, trees, and flowers. Growing from seeds, cuttings, divisions, and grafting. Puttering meditation.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Pawpaw in bloom. 4.21.16
NC-1 Pawpaw in bloom. 4.21.16
I've been using an artist's paint brush to transfer pollen between flowers of pawpaw varieties "NC-1" and "Sunflower". Supposedly, "Sunflower" may be self fertile. This tree bloomed first, and maybe some flowers did take. The stigmas are receptive before the flower produces pollen, and once the anthers ripen and release pollen, the stigmas are not receptive. So the timing for both the donor and recipient flowers is important.
The tiny "Mango" pawpaw tree- about 18 inches tall - has 2 flowers. I pollinated one today. I doubt that will produce fruit, but you never know.