Vegetables and Fruit forum: Tamarillo or tree tomato

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Name: katie
Mulege, Mexico (Baja CAliforni (Zone 11a)
May 22, 2016 8:56 PM CST
Does anyone grow these? If so, what is your experience with it? Seed Savers has seeds available and it looks like it would do well here in our subtropical climate and could be a new food crop here.

Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015
May 23, 2016 6:10 AM CST
Solanum betaceum was a fad in the 60's. It is actually a tropical shrub so in most of the USA it was promoted as a house plant. Vendors like Spring Hill filled the Sunday Newspaper suuplements with glowing ad for the "Tree tomato" and the Pomato( tomato grafted onto potato root stock). Lots of folks bit and were dissapointed so they basicly dissappeared after a few years. Fruit is edible but was a major letdown for those expecting a tomato. It is native to South America, but New Zealand leads in commercial production. Don't know your climatic conditions in the Baja, but if you can grow citrus it should work. It is a perennial tree, so it take some time from seed. Life span is a bout the same as a peach tree. about a dozen years of productivity.

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