Male PapayaTree - Knowledgebase Question

Orlando, FL
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Question by drmacdon
January 13, 1998
We have 2 Hawaii solo papaya trees and a Cuban papaya tree that is a male plant. Do we need to pull the male??

Answer from NGA
January 13, 1998
The Papaya is a polygamous species. The plants may be
classified into 3 primary sex types: 1) male (staminate),
2) hermaphroditic (bisexual, and 3) female (pistillate).
In addition some plants can produce, at the same time,
more than one kind of flower. Also, some produce flowers
which are not of these basic forms, but exhibit different
degrees of maleness and femaleness. This tendency to
change in sexual expression seems to be triggered by
climatic factors, such as drought and variable
temperatures. The tendency to produce male flowers
seems to increase at high temperatures.

Sine the male trees are unfruitful, and fruit from
bisexual plants is preferred, you really do not need
the male tree.

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