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    Thanks everybody. I'll give it a go instead of the aubergines. The results can't be worse.

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    I grew them last year, I don't know what size they're supposed to be, but mine were somewhere between a cherry tomato and a bog-standard tomato and I'd imagined that they'd be bigger. The flavour was nice, but quite mild for a fruit. I suppose the 'melon-pear' description is accurate as neither of those is particularly strong flavoured. Germination was a little erratic and, although most did eventually germinate, I just chose the three first ones to grow on as the others were a long way behind. The flowers were pretty though.

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    Thank you Bluemoon. I'll look forward to the flowers.

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    I grew them last year from seed in my greenhouse in Glasgow, but had to take them home to ripen the fruit. There are photos here pepino
    Sad to say, growing them from cuttings this year in the greenhouse, has been a waste of time with 3 unripened fruits. I gave cuttings to three other plotters to grow in their greenhouses, but they have not had success.
    They flower OK, but seem to be very difficult to get to set fruit. From other information that I have seen on the web, it seems that the temperature has to be just right, > 70 and < 90 F. Rather a tall order in our climate!

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    I have several fruits on a number of plants but how do you know when they are ripe? Do they go a bit soft like a melon? They all seem rock hard at the moment.

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    Thank you for the link Realfood. A lot of really good information there.
    Susiehab - see Realfoods link above for the answer to your question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Susiehab View Post
    I have several fruits on a number of plants but how do you know when they are ripe? Do they go a bit soft like a melon? They all seem rock hard at the moment.
    same here...i got about 10 on one plant..size of apples...starting to get stripes but i got them outdoors...no green house...so when should they ripen?
    sorry...question already answered in realfoods link...thanks
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    Well, after all that, mine were hopeless. They grew into lovely plants and flowered but none of them set fruit. I tried some in the conservatory and some outdoors but just with the same result.
    The surprise was - the aubergines were huge after years of no result.

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