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Jen - beginner fruit gardener starts with ...
My Pepino bush is growing like crazy and flowering but the flowers are not holding. It is 5 months old. We have had some good rain (believe it or not) and our soil is very fertile black clay. Any advice?
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ev says...
I would suggest they are not getting enough water or they are overheating. Any dehydration and pepinos get very grumpy. Try a deep mulch as well.
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16th December 2007 8:09pm
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Jen - beginner fruit gardener says...
Thanks Ev, we've had stinking humid weather so you could be right. I just planted Rockmelon seeds and they germinated to 2 cm high in 2 days! Watermelons are growing from flower to football size in a week so luckily humidity is working for some things. I'll try some more water on the Pepino - see if we can improve it's mood. ta
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Leona says...
I keep mine in self watering pots and they have all fruited and done well so far. Being in these pots, seems to stop them from drying out so quickly and also stops the fruit from touching the ground.
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Jen - beginner fruit gardener says...
Thanks Leona, will up the water to them and see how it goes. Jen
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kate says...
hi guys, have had a recent crop of about 2 dozen, something seems to be eating the pepino, boring holes and then the ants get to them. I had some mint growing around the spot but taken it out. any advice please
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24th January 2008 6:10pm
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ev says...
Kate, that would be the ants boring holes in them.

Try and keep your fruit off the ground with bricks or similar. Also, try and pick the fruit before it gets totally ripe.
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Jen - beginner fruit gardener says...
We've had success with large fruit since the recent rains, however the fruit got grubs and blemishes on the skin. Thought was fruit fly but could have been ants like Leona's.
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Tiggerbow says...
Hi all,

I have a pepino plant which seems to have soft white scale on it. The scale has then brought the ants. Can anyone tell me how to get rid of the scale?. Temperatures have been very hot in Perth and I understand I can't spray with oil if it is over 30 degrees. Does anyone have any other solutions?.
Thanks !
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1st March 2010 11:17am
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amanda says...
Hi Tiggerbow - have u tried Eco-oil? It causes a lot less burn - weather good now..hooray! I mix pyrethrum with it for scales and leaf miner - it works really well and usually I don't need follow up spraying then (even less chance of burn then). They are tough little things.
I find most sprays cause burn in hot weather so try to wait - or spray in evening and wash off in morning - bit of a hassel tho'
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Brad says...
finally, a couple days under 30! I don't even remember anymore the things i couldn't spray when i thought i should
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amanda says...
Hey Brad - I noticed about a dozen or so leaves go completely yellow (and drop off) on all of my citrus trees - The trees are fine - I put it down to "heat exhaustion"? Did it happen down that way too?
I am so gutted about losing all my hawiian guavas :-(
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Brad says...
sorry pepino thread... Amanda - my Kumquat has leaves showing heat stress (yellow in the middle, even a bit of brown, but green at the tips) but my others are looking happy. If anything I've erred on overwaterring the pots though. They're not fully established yet.

I'm sure you know some leaf drop in citrus is pretty normal. As long as the younger leaves look healthy, I'd not worrry at all
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amanda says...
Ah - thanks Brad...It's a pain as I get a lot of new growth with the heat and water - and then it gets fried in that weather! Summer can be a double edged sword! :-(
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Raylee says...
I have the problem of a grub burrowing into our pepinos and leaving a black gritty residue. Does anyone know what it is and how to treat the problem.
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sternus1 says...
don't know what it is, but you can solve the problem by using exclusion bags. Easy enough to do with pepino.
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