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Paw paw scion died, rootstock sent up shoots...

...so I'm going to try grafting for the first time. I'm studying up. Has anyone grafted paw paw successfully?


Tips?


I have indole-3-butyric acid rooting hormone on hand. Should I dip the scion into it before completing the graft?


Has anyone done this?


BTW, I have 8 paw paw trees, of various ages. Two years ago, I had my first crop -- only 2 or 3 off my biggest tree, Sunflower variety. I'd tried hand pollenating -- pollenization? pollenizing? -- well, you know what I mean. I didn't really understand it. Last year I looked at the pics more carefully, and that tree gave me about 25 paw paws, after thinning. I found them delicious and sweet, sweet, sweet. Very banana-like, but not the same. Really, they're all about custardy sweetness. IMO.


Yes, there was a faint -- very faint -- tannic after taste, but I didn't care.


I don't think my neighbors cared for them.


I offer this tip, to aid pollenization (?): To see what you're doing without damaging anything, hold a hand mirror beneath the blossoms.


Thanks very much --

Bernard

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