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Fertilizing Pawpaw Trees

Pawpaws are sensitive to fertilizer their first couple of years, so apply Stark® Tre-Pep® sparingly. After your tree is more mature, follow the guidelines below.

NOTE: This is part 5 in a series of 10 articles. For a complete background on how to grow pawpaw trees, we recommend starting from the beginning.

Fertilizing Tips

  • For optimal growth and fruit production, fertilize 2 times each year (March and June) with a well balanced fertilizer.
  • Spread the fertilizer evenly under the entire canopy, avoiding a 2-inch area around the trunk.
  • Water or rake the fertilizer into the soil.
  • Do not fertilize after the first of July, as this may promote new growth late in the year that could be subject to freeze damage.
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