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May 29, 2016 11:24 AM CST
I topped my papaya and covered the top with plastic. Multiple shoots growing on the trunk which I will trim to just a few of the strongest. How long should I leave the top covered with the plastic?
Name: Elaine
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May 29, 2016 11:30 AM CST
You should remove it right away. The plastic could cause the trunk to rot. You want it to dry out and callus over.

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May 29, 2016 11:36 AM CST
I live in a tropical zone and have never heard of topping papaya trees, much less, this method of placing plastic to cover papaya trees. Shrug! This is definitely something new to me! : Please enlighten us by providing your zone/area, and where your information of caring for papayas came from. Angel

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