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Who has the highest elevation/most desert sited pawpaw?

11 years ago

Every so often I post a question to see where folks have had luck with this favorite fruit of mine. I tried two plants and numerous seeds here just below 7,000 feet elevation, in my arid climate (average around 14 inches annual precipitation). The plants did OK the first year, but I noticed that during times of low humidity they suffered. The second year was bone dry and they died.

It seems as though in general plants are able to adapt to high elevation, intense sunshine, and low humidity if they have appropriate siting and ample water. That's why people in Phoenix are able to grow plants native to tropical rainforest. So I wonder, is pawpaw an exception? Or should I try again, perhaps with more protection and providing additional humidity somehow?

I'd love to hear your ideas...

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