One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Friday, July 2, 2010
Asimina triloba variegata, Variegated PawPaw
Okay, I have to admit that one of the reasons we (the USNA staff) wanted to learn to graft was so that we could propagate this remarkable plant. We can't transplant it. It's dead certain that it won't come true from seed which would take years and years anyway. Nobody knows how to grow it from cuttings.....so we're going to have to graft it.
I don't remember who found it but it was moved when it was very small to a safe location in our growing area. Pawpaws are not difficult to transplant, they're impossible to transplant. They die 100% of the time so we're going to have to graft it, not only to reproduce it, but so we can get it planted out someplace where people can see it. Who knows? Maybe Joan will want a specimen for the shady cultivar garden.