Pepino Dulce, Melon Pear
Solanum muricatum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solanum (so-LAN-num) (Info)
Species: muricatum (mur-ee-KAY-tum) (Info)

Category:

Vegetables

Shrubs

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Veined

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Fountain Valley, California

Monrovia, California

Richmond, California

Saint Helena, California

Santa Monica, California

Brooksville, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Helena, Montana

Walterville, Oregon

Humble, Texas

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
3
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Feb 1, 2010, pepenino from Monrovia, CA wrote:

Seeds planted, dropped, in pot outdoors in the Spring. Later, 12 in plants, well grown, were transplanted to the bed in Winter. With rootball reasonably intact, there was no apparant transplant shock. The S. Muricatum bloom abundantly since their maturity in Fall, even more so during Jan-Feb, and continue to grow. I staked them on four sides since laterals come that way.

Positive

On Jul 31, 2009, DaleTheGardener from Tampa, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I ordered two different hybrids, cutting grown, of Pepino. They take the heat and humidity here in Florida without any problems....except for snails. Our snails will eat the plant, stems included. They will devour the plant back to hard wood.

Here in the high heat of summer they need a lot of water, During periods of drought I have had to water them daily. At the lower temps of winter I have watered them less.

Neutral

On May 24, 2007, cissi from Trysil
Norway wrote:

It stands hardy in zone 9 but it is from the Andes in Peru, and there it can be quite cold and freezing at their winter time there.

Neutral

On Jun 3, 2004, Strever from Hiouchi, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Pepino is a fruit bearing shrub similar to a tomatoe vine.
the fruit is juicy, sweetly aromatic and tastes somewhat like a honeydew melon, grows melon shape approx. 3" to 4"