Melon Pear (Solanum muricatum)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Water Preferences: Mesic
Leaves: Evergreen
Edible Parts: Seeds or Nuts
Eating Methods: Raw
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Various insects


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Posted by CPedrick (Royal Oaks, California - Zone 9a) on Dec 28, 2018 12:05 PM

I was able to sprout young plants from the fresh seeds relatively easily. I planted them immediately into fine soil with peat moss in it and since they are so small, I barely covered them with less than 1/8 inch of soil. Then I kept the soil moist and put them in the direct sun of a window. They came up as easily as a tomato would and in about the same time frame. The largest one, seen in the photo I am posting, is now outdoors and about two feet tall in a pot sheltered from freezing weather. I will post again when it blooms in the spring/summer.

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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Nov 7, 2014 7:49 PM

Native of the Andes in South America.
Fruit is sweet. Tastes like a honeydew X pear X cucumber.
Usually propagated by cuttings and does well in greenhouse cultivation.

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MrsBinWY On March 11, 2018 Seeds sown
6-pack (3 seeds per cell) on heat mat; seeds from fruit from Safeway
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Limestone to raise Ph level? by nessa76 Mar 18, 2018 1:05 PM 4
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