Today, a saga of a tree I started from seed back in 2014, and its life since.
In 2013, I bought three paw-paws.
The paw-paw is a native fruit here in the United States which produces an edible fruit. Up to now, you needed to have these trees growing wild on your land, meaning you most likely were living in the countryside if you were familiar with the fruit. Now, however, they are being cultivated, although (in 2020) it is still difficult to purchase the fruit.
In 2013 I was able to find paw-paws for sale in a store specializing in local food, and I purchased one fruit. For those not familiar with paw-paws, they taste something like a banana, with a flavor note that is unique. To me it is something like a mango. Yet, this is not a tropical tree. When I lived in rural Arkansas many years ago, we had these trees on our property. At the time, they were too strongly flavored for me. My senior palate accepts them better now.
Eventually I was down to one plant in a pot. I planted the pot in the ground, thinking I would take care of it in 2015. Unfortunately, 2015 totally got away from us - my mother in law, who did not live locally, developed health issues that eventually required her to move her up here to be close to us and my brother and sister in law. Between trying to sell her house, dealing with her surgery, her rehab, then pneumonia, more rehab, and other issues, 2015 was a lost year for us.
Meanwhile, the paw-paw wasn't waiting on us. It rooted itself and has been growing in our back yard ever since.
And here it is.
Right now, the paw-paw tree is about 10 feet (3.05 meters) tall. It hasn't flowered yet, which is no surprise as they usually don't bloom before they are about eight years old. Maybe next year?
We do have one problem. Paw-paws are not self fertile, nor do bees pollinate them. We need another paw-paw tree if we want the fruit. It's doubtful there is a wild tree anywhere near our urban yard. Our yard is small and we wouldn't have put this tree in this location if we had been able to react before it planted itself. More than one tree is too much. One tree may be too much.
What to do?
Linking up with Parul at Happiness and Food and other bloggers who love trees every second and fourth day of the month for #ThursdayTreeLove.