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Pepino (Melon Pear)Solanum muricatum

Just £3.69

6 Reviews
Description Sowing More Info Delivery Reviews
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").

Patio, Greenhouse, Exotic Garden, Specimen Plant

Half-hardy

Full sun

90cm (35.4in)

90cm (35.4in)

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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.
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.

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Reviews

Intriguing plants 2013-09-15

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.

Ripened fruit! Finally... 2013-08-11

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!

Yet another update 2013-01-25

I can report that I have had just over 3lb of fruit over Christmas and there are fruit still ripening in the greenhouse as I type.A real novelty with the cream and maroon skin, the insides are surprisingly tasty and a pale orange flesh a nice touch for the festive period. Works well in a salad and in a fruit salad.

Quick update 2012-09-30

The plants I grew and placed outdoors in pots have just set fruit in the last two weeks. The plants have been brought into the greenhouse where it is warmer. with a little bit of luck I may well have a harvest, fingers croosed.

Tremendous growth 2012-08-24

Germination was excellent and plants grew at an amazing pace. Seed sown in March 2012 and the plants are currently four feet tall. I have had plenty of flowers on plants both indoor and out, non of which have set fruit. I did some reading up on these plants and they usually set fruit in their second year. So if you have space to overwinter these in the greenhouse of conservatory then I would say do try them. Flowers are small like potato and tomato flowers the foliage is a lush growth. I will update next year to see how they fare.

Good helpful advice. 2012-03-14

For a novice like me very enlightening. I don't feel belittled!