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How to Plant Mayhaw

By Meg Butler ; Updated September 21, 2017

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.

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

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

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

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.

Back fill the hole with your soil mix.

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

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 Will Need

  • Compost


  • Test your soil's pH after you have mixed it with compost. Mayhaw trees prefer slightly acidic soil (pH 6.0 to 6.5). Add sulfur to the soil mixture to lower your soil's pH if necessary.
  • There are many varieties of mayhaw. Look for one that is suited to grow in your growing zone. The planting time will depend on your variety and growing zone.

About the Author


Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.