How to Plant Mayhaw


Once upon a time, mayhaw trees could only be grown in the swamps of southern states like Louisiana and Mississippi. But thanks to enterprising horticulturalists, there are now varieties of mayhaw, like the Super Spur, that can be planted in your average garden soil. These varieties of mayhaw are easy to plant and once established they require very little maintenance. And if planted near a mate, they will produce an abundance of delicious mayhaw fruit by the time they are 8 years old.

Step 1

Dig a hole that is twice as deep and wide as the container that your mayhaw sapling is currently growing in.

Step 2

Mix half of the excavated soil with an equal amount of compost.

Step 3

Carefully remove the mayhaw sapling from its container. Loosen the roots by gently pulling them away from the root ball with your fingers.

Step 4

Plant the mayhaw sapling in the soil so that it is approximately two inches above the surrounding ground. You will have to pile some of your soil mix into the bottom of the hole to accomplish this.

Step 5

Back fill the hole with your soil mix.

Step 6

Tamp the soil down with your feet to remove any air pockets.

Step 7

Water the sapling's roots thoroughly but do not flood the soil. While your mayhaw tree is establishing itself, it needs at least 1 inch of water per week.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost


  • JustFruitsAndExotics: Mayhaw
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