Melon Pear ‘Pepino Gold’ - PlantSolanum muricatum ‘Pepino Gold’
Fruits taste like melons!
Melon Pear (Solanum muricatum 'Pepino Gold') is an exotic plant from the Solanaceae family that produces purple-blue flowers followed by delicious, edible juicy fruits with a taste and smell like honeydew melons. This plant can also be planted in a hanging basket. The Melon Pear (Solanum muricatum 'Pepino Gold') is a self-pollinating plant and should be protected from frost in winter. Another name for the melon pear is apple melon.Show more
Planting and flowering details
Show moreThe melon pear ‘Pepino Gold’ can be planted in the garden in the ground. Prepare a large planting hole in free-draining soil and plant the melon pear at the appropriate depth in the hole. The top of the root ball should be just slightly below soil level. Fill the hole with soil or compost, press firmly and water immediately. To help the flowers and fruit flourish the melon pear is best grown in a warm sunny position sheltered from strong winds.
Melon pear grows well in a potThe melon pear is a perennial that also grows well in a flower pot or container. Choose a large pot with holes in the base and use fresh potting compost. The remarkable fruits that appear in late summer will enhance your patio. Melon pear can be combined with other fruit plants, such as grapes. Enjoy freshly picked fruits right from your garden!
Show moreWater the melon pear on a regular basis, adding plant food regularly to the water. Trimming the young leaves and stems in September will allow more sunlight on the fruit which will increase the purple stripes and ripen the fruit. The melon pear experiences a dieback in winter, it seems to wither away. During spring, new shoots appear once again from the roots. Protect the plant against severe frost with a layer of fallen leaves. Keep the flower pots in a sheltered spot. Cut the stems off annually and young shoots will appear.
Show moreAlthough the melon pear is not generally a well-known fruit, it has been cultivated for a long time in South America by the indigenous peoples. Its light yellow flesh is very juicy and its taste will remind you of both melon and pear, although the fruit is also called apple melon. From August onwards, its first fruits are edible. You can peel the fruit as if it were kiwi. It is also delicious in a fruit salad! Melon pear is related to the potato and tomato family.
- Extra information
Latin name Solanum muricatum ‘Pepino Gold’ Delivery type Supplied as container plant Guarantee 100% growth and flowering guarantee Color Blue Light preference full sun , partial sun Scented not scented Flowers for cutting no Flowering period April - September Growing height 30 - 35 cm Planting distance 10 - 20 cm