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  • Growing Pepino

    I really like Pepino's, but have only ever grown them as a unpruned bush. I came across this, looks amazing



    http://brisbanelocalfood.ning.com/profiles/blogs/pepino
    I can't get my head around how you start to trelis them and would it work well in the UK. Any ideas?

  • #2
    And would we ever get them to this size? Amazing!

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    • #3
      Lol, wouldn't it be lovely!
      I've had some not far off those, but not such a crop, I can only dribble looking.
      I've been looking at my plants I've got one pepino that does look to be more upright, the leaves are a bit different than usual. But I've probably left it a bit late to start with it, I've got a younger plant that might work, though I'm not sure quite what to do, perhaps treat it along the lines of a vine tomato? They do look quite tall, I'm sure mine have never grown that height.

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      • #4
        I'd forgotten all about trying to stake one of these!
        I've some baby fruit forming on a couple of plants

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        • #5
          Are they perennial? Congratulation on the developing fruit.

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          • #6
            Yes, pretty sure they are, but I've never managed to overwinter them in the greenhouse, although they keep going for quite a while even when it is quite cold. Cuttings root quite easily though and are ok if kept in the house. I've never really managed to get ripe fruit summer/autumn it's more autumn/winter, which is good because fresh homegrown fruit is a bit sparse in December!

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            • #7
              Some slimey blighter has been having a munch on one of the baby fruits!

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              • #8
                I seem to have two fruiting types a white and a pale green, shape is quite different too. No large fruits yet all pretty small and lots more flowers to come, fingers crossed for some nice weather and a good fruit set.

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                • #9
                  They are just so pretty ! nasty slugs ! Good luck

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                    Still quite small and no stripes yet.

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                    • #11
                      I should have pruned my overwintered pepinos (sp?) better, they have been pushed outside and in need of a little tlc to 'pep them up a little. Hoping for some earlier fruit this year, but to be honest I'm happy even if they are late again. If anything it is more of a treat come winter time.

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                      • Galina
                        Galina commented
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                        Were they in the poly over winter? You mentioned quite recently eating a fruit. Looks like the keep going without much problem. How old is this plant?

                      • Galina
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                        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanum_muricatum

                        Wiki has the answer. They survive down to -2.5C unless this temperature is prolonged. They are perennial and are best multiplied by cuttings.
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