Mixed Perennial Polyculture

Published: | Updated: February 1, 2017

Definition - What does Mixed Perennial Polyculture mean?

Mixed perennial polyculture entails the growing of a variety of perennial crops on a single area of land. Polyculture contrasts with traditional monoculture farming methods in which a single plant species is grown.

Safeopedia explains Mixed Perennial Polyculture

Perennial plants continue to grow and produce harvests for a number of years. Monocultures are susceptible to attack by pests and diseases and the limited biodiversity of monocultures is of concern. For example, bees are required to be brought in from outside to pollinate the large scale almond monocultures of California since the blooming period is too limited to sustain pollinators all year round. Mixed perennial polycultures are used in permaculture systems and are being explored as a potential strategy for commercial farming.

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