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.
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.
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"
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Fountain Valley, California Monrovia, California Richmond, California Santa Monica, California Orlando, Florida Spring Hill, Florida Tampa, Florida Helena, Montana Humble, Texas Vancouver, Washington