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How to Harvest and Store Pawpaw Seeds

Pawpaw fruit is ready to harvest when they have a little bit of give when squeezed. They should feel soft - if they are hard they are not ripe yet.

1. Remove the outer pulp either by grating, colander and hot water
2. Sore the seeds in sterile moist potting mix or moist sand in refrigerator for cold stratification
3. Pawpaws require HOT weather to germinate, so don't be surprised if you have to wait until later in the year to see a taproot!

About the Louisville Seedbank

The Louisville Seedbank project is a pilot program by Beargrass Thunder and Louisville Grows using donated seeds from various non-profits, business groups, and community residents in the city. The goal is to cultivate varieties of native plants and edible food that is resistant to the Urban Heat Island Effect and can grow in the microclimates of urban Louisville neighborhoods.

For now, the pilot is focused on the Smoketown, Shelby Park, and Russell neighborhoods with the hope of eventually replicating the project city-wide. We want checking out seeds to be as easy to checking out books from a library. Eventually we can find which seeds and cultivars of plants survive Louisville's wild temperature swings and withstand the Urban Heat Island Effect.

How to participate:

The Louisville Seedbank is made possible by Louisville Grows and Beargrass Thunder

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