Melon Pear
 
 

Melon Pear - Plant

Solanum muricatum 'Pepino Gold'  

Fruits Taste Like Melons

Melon Pear (Solanum muricatum 'Pepino Gold') is an exotic plant from the Solanaceae family that produces blue flowers followed by delicious, edible juicy fruits that 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.
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The 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 'Pepino Gold' grows well in a pot

The 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!

Although 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. Therefore, the fruit is also called melon pear. 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.

Water 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.


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