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Pepino melon

Solanum muricatum

Pepino dulce, Melon pear (Eng.), Spanspekboompie (Afr.)

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Available more in local markets as it is difficult to handle and does not transport well, even more, the ​reason to grow it yourself. It looks similar to a tomato plant and has to be supported like a creeper to keep fruit off the ground.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

The fruit should be harvested just before it is fully ripe. Store the fruit for several weeks at room temperature. A ripe pepino dulce, has the characteristic purple striping on the fruit.

Propagation

Seed
Seed in pots of good draining compost, just covering the seed, in late Winter early Autumn. Germination usually takes 7-10 days.
Cuttings
7-15 cm stem cuttings, leaving 4 or 5 leaves at the top of the stem.

Special features

Crop rotation
Medium Feeder
Pot plant
Grows well in a sizable container.

Geography

Origin
South America
Natural climate
Temperate climate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible
Fruits, matures 30 to 80 days after pollination.
Notes
edible plant

Personality

Family
Solanaceae
Flower colour
Light purple/ violet, similar to unopened potato flower.
Scent
None

Problems

Pests and diseases are similar to those attacking tomatoes. Be careful not to water the foliage.

Companion plants

Tomato, eggplant

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