Planting Papaya - Knowledgebase Question

Lakeland, FL
January 5, 2000
I am planting papaya plants and someone told me you have to plant two plants close together or they won't produce fruit. Is this true and why?

Answer from NGA
January 5, 2000

Papayas are quite a complex story when it comes to flowers and fruit production. There are male plants, female plants and bisexual plant. When you start from seed you never know for sure just what type of plant you will get. Therefore if you plant two plants, they could both be males!

Check out the following web site. It gives a detailed account of all of this and should be helpful to you in deciding how to plant your papayas.

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