***PEPINO DULCE*** The plant is small enough to be grown in a container. The fruits are sweet melon flavor. Very unusual, exotic heirloom cultivar. Could be eaten raw for a breakfast or in fruit and spinach salads!! Description: Pepino is a member of the Solanum family. Its botanical name is Solanum muricatum. The pepino is a small shrub that grows to around 1 m tall and wide. It is somewhat frost tender but can be overwintered in a temperate climate if planted next to a house or wall, or just covered at night. The fruit is a slightly sweet fruit with few seeds and is eaten like a melon. It it usually yellow with purple stripes but some other colored varieties exist. It is an edible fruit / vegetable and is treated mainly as an annual/perennial, so it can grow either as a single season or multiple season plant. Pepino normally grows to a shrubby habit with a max height of 3.25 feet (that's 1.00 metres metric). This plant tends to mature and be ready for harvest in mid summer. Pepino is normally fairly low maintenance and quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Also known as melon pear, good-quality Pepino melon will be smooth-skinned, have a sweet smell on the stem-end and be as firm as a partially ripe plum. Sowing: Sow pepino dulce 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. The seeds are factory packed in paper envelopes. Germinating power is tested, best before 07.2016.
The plant is small enough to be grown in a container. The fruits are sweet melon flavor. Very unusual, exotic heirloom cultivar. Could be eaten raw for a breakfast or in fruit and spinach salads!!!
Organic, Heirloom, GMO free
Botanical name: Solanum muricatum L.
Envelope content 8 seeds.