Pawpaw Grafting Improves Production

Kentucky State University researchers working under a grant from Southern SARE have used grafting on pawpaws to improve fruit production. A video is available online that explains the technique of bark-inlay grafting that the researchers used on pawpaws. The work was successful in producing higher-yielding, higher-quality fruit in pawpaws, as part of an effort to develop a low-input system for small-scale pawpaw production. Study results showed that pawpaw cultivars had a higher success rate, greater growth, and more precocious flowering and fruit production when the bark inlay grafting was performed in early May as opposed to late May.