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north port, Fl
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Question by motherwagler
October 3, 2009
i was up in southern indiana and my mother had this tree with strange ugly brown fruit that i thought was a terd but my mom says it's a paw paw tree. i have never heard of a tree like that, so i kept the seeds and i was going to start a pot and i thought i would ask about it first. i live on the west coast of florida and she had told me it's a tropical plant. if this is true wht does she have one

Answer from NGA
October 3, 2009
There is such a tree as the paw paw but their range of adaptation is very narrow, and many cultivars that produce heavy crops of large fruit in Kentucky, Indiana or West Virginia do not perform satisfactorily in Georgia, Florida, Carolina or Alabama. So, you can grow the seeds and enjoy the plant, but it will not flower or produce fruit for you in Florida. Sorry!

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