Moving a paw paw that mature is generally not advisable, and you may lose it.
Certainly retaining as much of the deep tap root as possible will help. Also,
move some of the original soil with the tree, as there are some beneificial
organisms in there to help the paw paw at it's new location. I would think
late fall, or sometime when the tree has gone mostly dormant would be the
best time to move it.
Now is not a good time to transplant. Wait until very early spring.
The bigger the ball the better.
John A. Keslick, Jr.
Beware of so-called tree experts who do not understand tree biology.
Storms, fires, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions keep reminding us
that we are not the boss.
There are container grown pawpaws which are that big (or bigger), so
I'm not sure it is hopeless.
I don't really know. Different pawpaw growers seem to have different
opinions about how best to sell them (with the container-grown and the
"dig it up to move" being the two schools). My own approach was to
buy the smallest size our vendor was selling, on the theory that a
large one wouldn't do as well as with non-taprooted trees. (One
vendor of the non-container school is at
http://www.petersonpawpaws.com/ and he says he ships in April, in West
Our pawpaws seem to be doing OK for the first year. But they haven't
put on much growth yet. About the size of our green pepper and hot
pepper plants (in fact, this year the peppers are planted in the same
bed as the pawpaws. The peppers will go somewhere else in the future.
The pawpaws ain't moving).
with other type "tap" trees it helps to dig under from one side and
snap the tap root but leave the tree in place and let it form other
roots, then next spring lift it completely with a nice big root ball.
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