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Pepino (Melon Pear)

Solanum muricatum, Melon Shrub, Pepino Dulce

Half-hardy Perennial

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The unusual, round fruits of the Melon pear are cream skinned with purple streaks. The deliciously sweet and juicy flesh has a taste and aroma similar to melon, and can be eaten in a similar way. Pepino is a shrubby fruit plant that is ideal for growing in a container in the greenhouse or a sunny conservatory, as the plants need warmth to flower and fruit successfully. Height and spread: 90cm (36").

Ideal For:
patio, greenhouse, exotic garden, specimen plant
Flowering Period:
April, May
Sowing Months:
March, April
full sun
    • 1 packet (15 melon pear seeds)

    • Despatch: Within 1 days
    • £3.69
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.
Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above.

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Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a P&P charge of £1.95.
Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.95.
Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products a maximum P&P charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

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  1. 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!

  2. Intriguing plants

    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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