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Paw Paw 

The Paw paw is a small to medium, soft stemmed (Pithy) tree, which bears large crops of delicious fruit each year. It is a very fast grower but not long lived. Originating in South America it is regarded as a "tropical" but has long had pride of place in many New South Wales and Queensland coastal gardens. Like kiwi fruit, paw paw contains an enzyme which helps digest meat.   

Paw paw makes an excellent home garden fruit because the tree is very compact and needs little room. The root-system is not a problem with pipes, walls, paths, etc. so it can be planted close to any structure. It grows so fast in summer that you can easily notice the difference every week.


Paw paw are a "soft" type tree and susceptible to frost and chilly winds. They must be grown in a sheltered spot. An ideal spot is close to a north-facing wall or fence. This way they have the winter sun but are also sheltered from cold winter winds. Good soil drainage is needed.


Plant your paw paw from the beginning of November to the end of February. This will ensure that the paw paw is reasonably mature and established before the colder winter months. If planted during these dates, you will be picking your first crop between October and December of the following season.

Planting a Paw Paw

  1.  Water well in pot before planting
  2.  Dig a larger size hole than the pot and mix in 1/3 bucket or fresh cow manure or any well-rotted animal manure or compost.
  3.  Remove tree from pot and plant so that soil level is the same as in the pot
  4.  Water in well
  5.  Spread 1/2 kg Dolomite on ground around tree
  6.  Mulch around tree with straw or similar material to keep weeds down and soil surface moist

Aftercare - Keep well watered and fed during summer as paw paws are gross feeders and have the ability to grow very rapidly.


Paw paws’ generally don’t need spraying, but it can be advisable to spray the crown thoroughly with wettable Sulphur; twice in early winter two weeks apart. This is a preventative measure for mites and powdery mildew.

Paw paws don’t need regular pruning, although if your tree grows very tall so that it is difficult to pick the fruit, then they can be cut off to a more reasonable height. This should only be done in mid-summer.

How long do paw paw trees last? Unlike other fruit trees the paw paws’ first and second and third year crops are generally the best. After this, the size of crop and fruit diminishes. Many paw paw growers generally replant or supplement their plants every year to two.  



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