Sow melon pear seeds from March to April at 18-21C (65-70F) on the surface of a good quality seed compost, and cover with a fine sprinkling of vermiculite. Keep the soil damp but not wet and do not exclude light as this helps germination. Place in a propagator or seal the seed tray inside a polythene bag until after germination, which usually takes 7-10 days. When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into pots of well drained compost and grow them on in cooler conditions in a frost free greenhouse or conservatory. Choose a position in full sun.
Feed and water melon pears frequently. Solanum muricatum is self fertile and is pollinated by insects. Harvest melon pears just before they are fully ripened. They will store for several weeks at room temperature.
Caution: irritant to skin and eyes, harmful if eaten.
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Ripened fruit! Finally...
By Jonathan Downend 08-11-2013
Here I am again, and I can let you know now that the two fruit have finally ripened. It took them ages! The fruit set in late June, and now it's November, so they require lots of patience to grow! They taste exactly like melons, but I have really enjoyed growing the plants because the foliage and flowers are very intriguing. I have retained one plant out of my original four, and as pepino are half-hardy perennials, I have cut the plant down by half it's original size and I am storing it in the greenhouse, with the pot wrapped in bubble-wrap for extra cold-protection! I will re-post sometime next year to let you know how it is doing and whether the yield improves with the age of the plant!
By Jonathan Downend 15-09-2013
Last year the neighbours gave me a pepino plant that they had bought from LIDL supermarket. I grew it on, it flowered heavily and died in the autumn. This year I bought the seeds from T&M and the resulting plants were very healthy. I grew them on in our greenhouse, and they were slow to flower. After flowering, only two fruit on four plants set, which is not really very good at all. Now I am just waiting for these exotic little fruits to ripen, and I hope the flavour is as fantastic as described on here! I will re-post to let you know how they are.
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