Papaya Trees

Ratio of Male Papaya Plants to Female

Mitchdive added on April 27, 2015 | Answered

I have 6 young trees in a raised garden bed - 2 females and 4 males. They are 6 months old. How many male plants should I remove?

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Answered on April 28, 2015

Male papaya plants are unproductive in that they don't produce fruit but productive in the sense that they pollinate the female papaya plants. I know in large scale operations, papaya farmers try to maintain a 1:25 ratio of male:female. Given that piece of information, you probably only need one male in your group.

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