Slide 9: The pawpaw planting guide is available on our web site and much of the information that we will discuss today is contained in the guide. Pawpaw orchards should be established at a site that would be appropriate for production of tree fruit such as apples and peaches. A sloping orchard with good air drainage will reduce the risk of spring frosts. A soil depth of about 3 feet is optimal. Irrigation and weed control is important for tree establishment.