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NARANJILA not fruiting

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Tony starts with ...
My 2 Naranjilas (Golden fruit of the Andes) have been growing fantastically, planted Oct 07 no 1.2 m high and wide. Spectacular with their huge, velvety green and purple leaves. In a sheltered warm E facing position, next to Egg Fruit(very similar apart from no thorns!) and tomatoes which have had great crops, the best ever. The season has been warm/hot and dry (we water them), often humid with warm nights, surely ideal. I have tried to pollinate them with a brush a couple of times, but despite hundreds of flowers no fruit has been set. Why do you think?
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22nd February 2008 8:14pm
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Kath says...
My naranjilla flowered for months and months before it started to set fruit. I honestly thought it was not going to fruit at all for me yet it flowered so well. Once it started to set, it fruited well. I think your tree just needs a little time. They are very attractive little trees.
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23rd February 2008 12:54pm
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Tony says...
Thanks, but if so, I hope it comes good before the cold weather arrives in April/May.

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27th February 2008 9:48am
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Fred says...
Are two vines needed then for golden fruit of the andes fruits to set? I'm a bit confused about how how the pollination works.
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Fred
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peter says...
fred,
i think you only need one plant for fruit.
i have two in pots which have been flowering ok for quite a while now.
one of them has set two fruits but they
dont seem to be growing.
they dont like frosty cold weather so
i keep them in a glasshouse over winter.
also watch out for tiny thripe inside
the flowers.
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amanda says...
Hi fred, all reports I have read seem to indicate that cross pollination is beneficial (see Diggers club, Daleys etc) + hand cross-pollination
too. Maybe u should contact Daleys?
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peter says...
i can now confirm that you only need
one naranjilla to get friut.

looked at one of mine today and it has
about 50 young fruit forming.

the other plant nearby which is sick
looking has got no flowers on it so
has not pollinated the other.
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Fred says...
Hi Again,
Is there a good way to propogate these? Woudl it be done by seeds or cuttings? Do clones work for cross polination?
thanks in advance.
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Jantina says...
Hi Fred ,Susannah Lyle says they grow easily from seed or cuttings, preferably older wood.
peter (adelaide) hi there, how did your fruit go? My naranjilla is now flowering. I'm happy.
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peter says...
hi jantina,
the sick looking one died and
the one with little fruits missed getting watered a few times and was
95% dead so i cut it right back to a bare trunk and it now has new branches on it.
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Fred says...
A question about thorns. I've come across several mentions of Naranjillas having thorns and/or being prickly. Mine is about 8 months old, 4 feet high and the leaves are fuzzy. When do they turn spiky?

Thanks again
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Fred
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John Mc says...
Hi Fred,
I have several Naranjilla's from different sources. One bush is spikey as hell and the other there is spikes but very small.
The pic is of the one with very small, if any, spikes. Not a good shots for looking at the spikes.
I don't have a pic on file of the spikey one.
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Kbear says...
Hi Guys read the post re goldern fruit of the andes or as my wifes people call it "Lulu" My wife is south american and she suggest that you need to be careful of the fine hairs on the fruit as this can cause skin irritation they deal with this problem by placing the fruit in news paper or plastic bag and rubbing the skin of the fruit to remove the hairs she also suggest that the fruit makes a wonderful drink and is very popular in her country for either drinking or in sweets happy gardening Kbear
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John Mc says...
Hey Kbear,
would your wife mind posting up some recipes for Naranjilla? It's quite sour on it's own, but I've read where it can be made into an excellent drink.
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Mike says...
My ones are very spikey all over the stems and foliage and are always loaded with fruit clustering along the stems.The vey prickly type with purplish new growth and white flesh is preferred in Asian dishes like som tum.The hairs around the fruit do not irritate skin at all but the spines get infected and break off in the skin very easily.
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