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    Default PEPINO - melon pears

    Already thinking about next years challenge.
    Has anyone grown Pepino outdoors and was it successful.
    I can grow tomatoes and cucumbers outdoors - but the melon failed. I got flowers but no fruit.
    Have I any chance ?
    Or should I just try anyway ?

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    I am convinced you're not really living in Scotland with all the lovely trhings you manage to grow outside. The best I can do is a cauli!
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    Bet your caulies are better than mine Amanda. Mine were great to grapefruit size then went all loose. It's my first year in this garden and I think the ground was too loose ,but back to the Pepino question.

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    i'm trying some this year, they are currently under a grow light and are about 6 inches tall, will probably keep them in till next year, then chuck em in the ground and see what happens.

    It bears fruits in about 9 months from seed. Grown either as a half-hardy annual or herbacious perennial - the foliage dies back in frost but the rootstock often resprouts if protected with mulch.
    Best grown like a pot Tomato Plant and in the same conditions although they have proved much hardier and continue to grow and last fruit ripen through our winters even in a cold frost free Greenhouse.


    The Melon Pear is a half-hardy perennial herbaceous bush with a woody base and fibrous roots. It is native to the temperate Andean regions of Colombia, Peru and Chile. Naturally it grows at altitudes ranging from near sea level to 10,000 ft, however it does best in a warm, relatively frost-free climate. The plant will survive a low temperature of -2 to -3C if the freeze is not prolonged, but may loose many of its leaves.
    The melon pear produces fruits with variable shape and size. It is more or less rounded or oblong, and can be up to about 6 in (15cm) long. When ripe, the melon pear has a yellow-cream skin, with purple stripes. The flesh is juicy and moderately sweet, and has the same texture as a melon with a flavour between Honeydew and Charentais .


    Looking similar to a potato plant, (it's from the same family) the bright green leaves are sparsely covered with very small hairs and the flowers are purple and yellow. It's unlikely that the plant will set fruit until night time temperatures exceed 15-18C. The fruit matures 30 to 80 days after pollination. The plants self-pollinate.


    The plant likes a sunny or semi-shaded, frost-free location, sheltered from strong winds. It does well planted next to a south-facing wall or in a patio. If treated like a tomato plant, it should do well although too much nitrogen will result in lots of plant with little fruit. Increasing the ripening fruits' exposure to sunlight improves the purple striping and general appearance.
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    Thanks for all that Lynda. Looks like maybe I should plant now, overwinter in the conservatory and put out in a pot against a south facing wall about May.
    Good luck with yours. Do let us know how you get on.

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    nowt to lose except a few seeds

    and no probs, i only copied it

    there are a few plants and seeds on ebay melon pear, Home Garden, Plants, Seeds items at low prices on eBay.co.uk

    i bought the seeds, it feels like cheating buying a plant lol .... and they're cheaper
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    I had 1 last year which my friend gave me- she'd grown from seed. It produced some fruit but the slugs got to it before they were full size let alone ripening.I did get 1 good size, almost ripe fruit. Tasted similar to under-ripe melon. I dug it up & overwintered it in the greenhouse, planting it out again early summer. This year it's not had fruit but whether thats because I disturbed it by the move. Maybe I'll try thick fleece or building a make shift cold frame round it then it might get an early start in spring.

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    I grew Pepino last summer in my greenhouse. I grew it from seed into a bushy plant about 2' by 2' and produced about half a dozen fruits that were not as big as they should have got but ripened and were pleasant to eat. (I have eaten these in Peru before). As it is a perenial I hoped to overwinter it in my greenhouse and then have a better chance of a bigger crop this year but sadly the plant succumbed to some kind of mould (I am not very good at looking after things in the greenhouse in the winter).
    I shall try and post a picture but my skills in the computer department are limited.

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