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PlantFiles: 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)

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

19 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:

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

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1 positive
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral pepenino 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 DaleTheGardener 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 cissi 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 Strever 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
Saint Helena, California
Santa Monica, California
Brooksville, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Helena, Montana
Walterville, Oregon
Humble, Texas
Vancouver, Washington

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