Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days
Germination: sow seed 3/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
In a Nutshell:
* This seed was collected from trees of the variety Shenandoah. They were planted in a mixed orchard with other select varieties. It is very unlikely that the resulting seedlings will completely resemble the mother tree. They should have many desirable characteristics, however. more...
* Neal Peterson describes on his website:
It is a real taste treat -- smooth, custardy texture, with just the right balance of fragrance, sweet fruity flavor and agreeable aftertaste. This tree originated as a seedling of 'Overleese' and, it must be said, is superior to its parent. Large fruit with few seeds (6% by weight). Texture is firmer than wild pawpaws but softer than the other two varieties. Fruit is often borne in single-fruited clusters. Good yields. Shenandoah responds well to pruning.
Key Features of the Shenandoah pawpaw:
Good Yields Sweet mild flavor Fleshy - only 6% seed Succulent, custardy texture Most popular at DC farmers market Responds well to pruning
On any pawpaw tree there is a WIDE range of sizes of fruit. It depends on how many seeds are inside the fruit. Seed number can be anywhere from 1-12 roughly. Fruit size is directly proportional to number of seeds.
For Shenandoah the maximum fruit size is about 20 ounces. Typical sizes are 10-12 ounces. One lb fruit are not unusual, altho 20 oz is rare.