flower and fruit drop

Papaya (pawpaw)    Udaipur, India

What is the cause of flower and fruit drop in papaya?

Posted by: Prashant Jambhulkar (1 point) Prashant Jambhulkar
Posted: November 20, 2015


There are several reasons for fruit drop in papaya.

1. Natural process: Naturally the unfertilized flowers drops the fruit in papaya. It usually occurs when fruits are small (i.e., about the size of a golf ball).

2. Water stress: Excess or too little water causes fruit drop in papaya.

3. Fruit fly damage: Fruit flies larvae infect the papaya. The infected fruits turn yellow and drops prematurely.

4. Phytophthora blight: The infected fruits shrivel up before dropping to ground.

Posted by: Dr. Ravishankar Narayana (11 points) Dr. Ravishankar Narayana
Posted: November 20, 2015

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