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Fruit set can be parthenocarpic (ie will set without cross pollination) but warm nights are required for fruit to set. Fruit set should be possible in Melbourne, can anyone confirm that.
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Don says...
Thanks Greg.....I have taken several cuttings from Peppino and one has grown quite large and is an earenware pot....I have brought this indoors from the Melbourne winter, hoping it will flower and fruit ok.
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Jan says...
Hello Don, I have a peppino in full fruit varying from small to large but I'm unsure when to pick the plant has grown very large and sprawling my area of the Hunter Valley is experiencing quite a cold and wet winter but the plant is in sun for most of the day. I'm looking forward to a taste but when do I pick. Thankyou Jan.
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Anonymous says...
Jan I have only had fruit set on my original plant! I did pick it and it was very nice, Melon like taste. The Pepino is a sprawling plant at the best of times. I have taken several cuttings and they take well, dip in hormone powder first. Best of luck...Don
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Reg Wong says...
I need a pepino (peppino?) plant. Mine grew and produced profusely 3 years ago. When the fruit flies beat me, I dug the vine and (foolishly) threw it away. Now that I know how to handle fruit flies, I can't get a plant. HELP ! I live on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.
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Anonymous says...
Sorry Reg...I would help you out but I am on the Mornington Peninsula, out of Melbourne....Don
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Correy says...
Reg,

You could always buy the Pepino from Daleys:

http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/fruit%20pages/pepino.htm

It is only $9.90 but you might like to get a few other things to make the freight worth your while.

Or perhaps ask one of the retail nurseries that Daleys supplies which can be found here:

http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/Rec%20retailnur2.htm
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bill barnes says...
Bought a small peppino plant from a local garden centre here in the East of England.I was not really expecting it to do much,but wow.Loads of large fruit and masses of flower and lush green foliage.
My plant has grown like wildfire even though we have had a wet and mostly sunless summer.This thing would be massive if i lived in a warmer region like Sydney or southern Europe.
Good fun.Try it out.
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Leona says...
I have some pepinos in terracotta pots, which are all in flower...I have had fruit which tastes lovely, very much like rockmelon. The only problem I have is snails eating so much leaves!!!
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Tran says...
I had so much problem with snails so one night we decided to do snail hunting.It was so success that we continued for a week and almost the entire population were caught and placed in soapy bucket and we have not had much problem since.

Tran

PS: they come out in wet whether so spray your yard with a bit of water pretending it rains then they come out.
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Reg Wong says...
Bill

When my peppino was gowing it, too, like yours, was massive and very productive. The fruit was as big as an egg plant except that its skin was yellow with attractive purplish tinges. At that time I was a "green" gardener who avoided (chemical) spraying and also I was completely ignorant of the advantages of setting out fruit fly traps. I was so disappointed by the fruit fly infestation, I took out my lush peppino vine (in a rage, as I now shamefully recall). Now that I have learnt about fruit fly traps, I can't find a nearby nursery that sells peppino!

What part of the UK is your garden? I have visited the UK 4 times but spent all my time in the big cities where I hardly saw any decent-sized gardens (except the public ones such as what's on display near Hampton Court). In going towards London from either Gatwick or Heathrow, the train passed many (what I call) housing estates with enless rows of tenement houses probably built after either the 1st or 2nd WW. The gardens I saw were quite tiny and didn't appear capable of sustaining a warm-climate peppino.

If you could see pictures of my dahlias, azaleas, hydrangeas and tangeloes to demonstrate what we can grow here in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, you'll surely want to migrate!

Reg
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Reg Wong says...
Jan

Don't be too impatient. When the fruits start to come, you'll have more than you can eat. Think of the largest tomato you've ever seen or a small egg plant - that's how big they'll grow. The fruits become yellow when they are ready for harvesting. As one correspondent mentioned, "it tastes like water melon" except that it is softer and always sweet.

Good luck.

Reg
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Reg Wong says...
Don

Put your peppino in well-dug ground and position it near a supporting fence or trellis in full sun. Avoid a high nitrogen fertilzer as you'll grow a massive vine with very heavy foliage. Instead, select a fertilzer with less emphasis on nitrogen but more attention to potassium and phophorus to encourage fruit crop and quality. Put out a generous number of fruit fly traps. The sweet ripening fruit is irresitable to fruit flies, flying foxes, possums, currawongs ... and (dare I say) rats.

Good luck.

Reg
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ev says...
Yes. I have 12 pepinos in Parkdale,Melbourne, and they are all currently covered in lovely baby fruit.
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Jantina says...
Hi Reg,could you tell me what variety of pepino you think is the tastiest? Thanks Jantina
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Laura Mckay says...
Does anyone know if there are any Cultivars of pepinos availble in Australia other than the common gold one ? And if so where ? In New Zealand there are reddish ones and other named cultivars of them.
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Phil. says...
Mostly the variety you see for sale (un named) is Pepino Gold. Daleys have one called Kendall Gold in their catalogue. I just visited Murwillumbah (NSW) and bought a few unusual looking pepinos in Safeway where they were cheap and good quality. I have about 100 seedlings coming up now so if I get anything worthwhile, you're welcome to it. I"m in Woodend too so that will help.
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Quentin says...
Kai Oar! I've had my peppino for 3 years....2nd year it produced a good yield of fruits, one nearly 0.5 kilo!
This year it has massive fruiting of medium size. However, some critter is munching it. It is a caterpillar-fella.
Anybody know what this might be? Thanks very Ta!
Quentin.
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ev says...
Slater bugs and earwigs both enjoy snacking on pepinos. Try raising all fruit off the ground with bricks or similar.
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Tara says...
according to diggers club, pepino is supposed to be a good fruiting shrub to grow in melbourne. i have just put on in the ground. so hopefully it grows. don't know much else about it except it's supposed to be fairly hardy when well established.
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Tara says...
i read that the fruit it ready to eat once a bit soft.
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Leona says...
Just watch out for snails, slugs and slaters Tara! They all LOVE pepinos with a passion and will strip the leaves bare if given the chance!
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Quentin says...
Thanks for all the helpful input about my caterpillar
problem. (I've never had any slug or snail probs with my Peppinos.
I think my problem is codling moth. A local garden centre talked me into buying a pherome trap (red) which catches male moths.
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Reg says...
Jantina

I don't know what variety mine was. As long as you let it ripen, the fruit will taste delicious.

I foolishly destroyed my vines because their beautiful fruit was attracting too many fruit flies. I should've used fruit fly bait.

Now I can't get a vine in Sydney. Can you help?

Tks.
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SlickMick says...
Although I have yet to grow pepino it appears to me that many of its pests could be controlled using the strategies of those dealing with fruit fly. Exclusion bags that are placed over the fruit would eliminate the access of slugs and other crawling beasties to the fruit. I have now the first fruit fly free tomatoes I have grown in years after using these bags. Have a look at this link and you may find something that works for you. :)

http://www.greenharvest.com.au/pestcontrol/organic_pest_control_index.html
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Kath says...
I bought a pepino locally about two months ago & it spread sideways so prolifically that it put down roots & I potted them up-now have 6 plants from the original!! Just waiting for my fruit to appear-I haven't actually tasted one yet!!
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Jantina says...
Hi Reg,thanks for that info. If it is allowed I would be happy to send you a cutting by mail, if not Daleys sell pepinos.
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Reg Wong says...
Tara

Put out plenty of fruit-fly bait or you'll be sorry to see your beautiful and tasty fruit go to waste. I was silly not to have baited. The fruit fly frustrated me so much I foolishly destroyed my vines. Now I can't find any nursery in Sydney that sells peppino.

Reg
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Reg Wong says...
Jantina

Thanks for your kind offer. I'll see if there are any issues with interstate transfer of cuttings.

Reg
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jelad says...
I recently bought a small peppino plant from Oztion, (an online auction site) and when it arrived it was bare rooted so I potted it up. It seems to have died back. Can anybody tell me if they die back in winter? thanx
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Kath says...
Mine haven't-they are powering on & have fruit on them.
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culebra says...
my pepino gold plants are flowering heavily and look extremely healthy but are not setting fruit. last season i only got just a single, large fruit. that out of 10+plants. (they are so ridiculously easy to grow from cuttings)
i've tried huge pots, rootbound, different soils, in a greenhouse, more water, less water, in the ground, pollinating them... makes no difference. i feed them regularly enough (incl. high potassium)
they GROW very well if they have enough water & ferts.

are there any other varieties in circulation? the only one i've seen is pepino gold. perhaps there's one that actually fruits reliably? is this said Kendall gold superior?

perhaps i will have to just enjoy the flowers and greenness.

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amanda says...
Hi Culebra - I found the bees are not too fussed on the flowers for some reason (although I did get lots of fruit - this is tomatoe growing country so this genus do well here) It might be a bit cool yet.
U could try a cotton bud and hand pollination and see if u get some joy that way? I pulled mine out as they were attracting fruit fly quite badly and I didn't think they were that special to warrant this. They were not as sweet as the one's I had in Cairns - maybe it's not warm enuf' even here or maybe it's the Pepino Gold - I don't know.
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amanda says...
hey culebra i wonder if a little spot of honey on the plant/petals might attract the bees?....(i have no idea of this would work - just thinking out loud.. :)
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culebra says...
I will try pollination again when it warms up.
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Reg Wong says...
All

Here are some photos randomly selected of the dahlia crop I sewed in Oct 2008. By beginning of September 09 I'll have at least 100 tubers superfluous to my needs. Are these of any interest to anyone living in close proximity to the Northern Beaches of Sydney?

Reg Wong of Sydney Northern Beaches
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Michael says...
Hi Reg Wong,
If you are still interested in buying pepino plants then there's a nursery just outside of Trash and Treasure markets at Casula that was selling them in pots for $19.95 each . Each pot has 1 or more pepino fruits on them.
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yvonne says...
i am growing peppino in abundance wanting to know what else you can do with them ie jam,pickles? yvonne
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Jantina says...
Hi Reg, don't know how I missed your post. Your dahlias are lovely and if I lived near you I would certainly take up your offer. I love fruit trees, vegetables and lots of flowers!
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Evo says...
Pepino Chutney
Ingedients
This chutney is best kept for around 3 months to allow the Ginger to mellow.
2.5kg Pepinos
3 large Onions
4 cups Sugar
4 1/2 cups Malt Vinegar
1 tablespoon Salt
250g fresh Ginger, finely chopped or minced
2 tablespoons cracked Black Pepper
2 tablespoons Mustard Seed
Method
Wash Pepinos, peel and chop into small pieces. Discard the seeds.
Finely chop onions and place with the pepinos in large saucepan.
Barely cover with water, bring to boil, simmer until just tender, then drain.
Add remaining ingredients and boil gently, uncovered, for 1 hour or until thick.
Pour into hot, clean jars and seal.

Pepino Fruit Sauce
Ingedients
250g pepinos, peeled and seeds discarded.
1/2 tin sweetened condensed milk.
Juice of 1 small lemon.
Method
Cut the pepinos into chunks and puree in a blender
Add the milk and lemon juice, process until smooth.
Serve over kiwifruit, orange slices, yellow tamarillo or pineapple wedges.

Pepino Sauce
Ingedients
1kg ripe Pepinos
4 cups Brown Sugar
3 cups Cider Vinegar
1 Tbsp Ground Cloves
1 Tbsp Ground Allspice
1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Tsp Salt
1/2 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
Method
Wash and coarsely chop the Pepinos.
Combine all the ingredients in a large saucepan, bring to the boil and cook gently for 1 hour, stirring often.
Puree the sauce in a blender in batches.
Mix sauce well before pouring into hot, clean bottles.
Seal well.
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
Hi Evo,

Many thanks for these mouth watering Pepino recipes. I did not know that you could cook with those fruits. I will cook them when mine has fruits.
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yvonne says...
thanks a lot for the recipes evo much appreciated yvonne
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Evo says...
Welcome jujube and yvonne.

I have so many fruits and hate to see them go to waste! My larges pepino to date has been just under a kilogram. I get fruit all year round which is just fantastic, especially in winter...
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Igor says...
G'day to all ! :)

I am a Passiflora & Pepino enthusiast from Ukraine (South of Russia) and just wondering if any one could help me obtain a few seeds / cuttings of Pepino cultivar Kendall Gold. It is going to be used in selection work.

If someone has the good will to help, please write to me at: merryrogerATmail.ru

Thanks, Igor
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Reg Wong says...
Jantina,

I gave away 250 tubers to interested parties. Two visitors from Brisbane collected 60 tubers which, according to their emails, have sprouted and are now about 90 cm tall. Brisbane weather for you! Mine (in Sydney) are about 60 cm. Sorry, Mt Gambier is too far from here.

Reg
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Jantina says...
Hi Reg, never mind the pictures are lovely to look at. Hi Igor, are you allowed to import pepino cuttings there ? If so I will happily send you some.
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Igor says...
Hello Jantina,

First of all, many thanks for the response and the willingness to help me out! As I understand you have the true Kendall Gold from Daley's, right? Second of all, how can I contact you off list to discuss the details?

Igor


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Jantina says...
Hi Igor, yes it's a Kendall Gold from Daleys. When emailing me just put an @ where I have written - at- I do that to discourage spammers but still manage to get spam (sigh). jantinarohdeatactiv8.net.au
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Igor says...
Thanks a million, Jantina! I will send you an e-mail ASAP. To all the other great people on this list - I would be happy to get any amount of seeds from this particular cultivar (Kendall Gold) if you feel like sharing them. I plan on growing out as many seedlings as I can.

Thanks,
Igor
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Michael says...
Can someone show me how to grow Pepino from cuttings? I have such a large pant and would like to share it with my family for them to grow it in their garden .
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Kath says...
I have given away over 25 plants from a pepino I bought this time last year. Just snap off a woody bit , shove it in good potting mix, plenty of water & off they go. I have also covered low lying branches with soil then cut them from the parent plant a few weeks later when they've taken root. My daughter gave ten plants to teachers at her school yesterday as thank-you presents as she's leaving primary-they were stoked.
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Brad says...
Did you taste any yet Kath?
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Kath says...
Yep,have quite a few on-one ripening every two or three days. I really like them-like a rockmelon. Nice blended into an orange juice with crushed ice.
Are you starting a new thread re your garden visits around Perth Brad?
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Lindsay says...
Ihave been growing pepino for about 10 years along the wall of my garage and have always had good crops of fruit. I keep up mt supply of plants with cuttings EASY TO GROW
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Justine says...
Hi can anyone help me please I have a pepino gold plant and its doing really well, I have a few flowers but no fruit as of yet can someone tell me if I will get fruit this year at all? my kids are desperate to try one! is is true also that you treat it the same as a tomato and pick of the inbetweenie shoots? cheers Justine
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
Try a handful of suphate of potash sprinkled around the plant, it should promote flowering and fruit development. I found in Vic that my Pepino didn't set fruit until March. You can buy suphate of potash cheaply at Mitre 10 or any garden shop/hardware store.
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snottiegobble says...
I grew pepinos in S.wst Vic easily but I found that they need to be in the sun & the branches kept off the ground. The reason is that the fruit become heavy & weigh the branches down. Once they rest on the ground the slugs hop aboard & have a picnic!
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Evelyn says...
Reg Wong,
Have you succeeded in getting a pepino plant as yet? If you have not, please reply at this forum and I have a plant to spare
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Rev says...
in SW WA id get HEAVY fruit set in Winter, huge fruits

In bali in December i came across a purple peppinno cv.
sold locally as 'melody fruit'

ill find a pic. i collected seeds but lost them in transit
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
Hey Rev - would love to buy/swap some melody fruit pepino if you get hold of some next trip.
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Jason says...
I used to get heavy fruit set on Pepino in SW Vic when I cared about them but the slugggs oh man :p they are trouble on pepinos. They seem to be slugs number one all time favorite food. I got a strange result when I gave one to a legit Incan-Peruvian friend who swore it tasted as good as Mango...... Must be all in the genes I think
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Rev says...
heres a couple pics of the melody fruit
you can see its elongated, much more purple

but ive seen the plants and if its not Peppino then its a very very close relative
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sorry upload issues
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
Thanks an amazing looking pepino fruit, how did it rate it the taste test?
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Rev says...
yeah well not as good as my big old ones from SW WA. But then again mine were almost vine ripened

they had the peppino flavour but were a bit hard.
i was mainy interested in the seeds.
i figured they'd show their true colours in my garden with proper care.
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Rob says...
I bought a Peppino plant from Bunnings not long ago, it was going great until my two hens found it and stripped it. Keep out of reach of chickens, they LOVE the leaves but thankfully not the fruit. Hopefully it will recover.
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Reg Wong says...
Evelyn

I've been to every nursery on the North Shore and still did not find a peppino.

Could I give you 20 dahlia tubers (various colours) in exchange for one sprouted peppino vine?

Tks for the offer.

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Jantina says...
Hi Reg, if Evelyn doesn't see your post I am happy to send you some cuttings (I sent some to Igor in Europe and they grew ok).
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Justine says...
Hi My Pepino got eaten I think by catapillers it is just coming back with new growth but I just dont know if I will get fruit will keep you all posted

Thanks

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Reg Wong says...
Evelyn

You are very kind. Would appreciate a cutting? I'll pay all postage. How do we communicate addresses and phone numbers?

Have you seen the pictures of my dahlias on this page? I have 100 tubers to give away.

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Reg Wong says...
Jantina

Your offer is very generous. Since you're in Mt Gambier, I'll try Evelyn of "Sydney" which is much closer than where you are.

How did you swap details of addresses to send the cutting to Igor in "Europe"?

Is Mt Gambier in QLD?

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John Mc says...
Hi Reg, I have to trim up my Pepino bush as well if you need any more cuttings. Mine's loaded with fruit ATM. I'm from Warnervale NSW, half way between Sydney and Newcastle. You can contact me via email:
coastalskylightatbigpond you know the rest without the au on the end just com.
I've been told to be a little cryptic about our email addresses because of internet "bots" that troll web pages looking for email adresses. You don't want your addy getting into the hands of someone you don't know.
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Evelyn says...
Hi Reg,
Not a problem. I have a couple of pots. I live in Oatley and am happy to deliver if you are happy to SMS you address to me on 0408 441 197 or your contact number. Then I can contact and arrange half way place whatever.
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Evelyn says...
Hi Reg,
Thanks for the offer of Dahlia tubers. I am not growing flowers anymore. I did see your pictures and the flowers are splendid. No worry about exchange. I have given a few pots away as it is easy to propagate, so you are welcome to it.
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gege42 says...
Hi all,

I am French and I cultivate pepino but the cultivar we have in FRANCE makes only little pepinos (about 10cm...); so I search a species with big fruits: "the pepino colossal"........ about 15 to 20 cm !!!!
Is anyone have this cultivar ??????

Ty.
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krazykangaroo says...
Jantina, I live over the border in Casterton, could I come over and buy a couple of pepino cutting of you? I can only find 'Pepino Gold' in the nurseries and read that is isn't nearly as nice as other varieties.
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Jason says...
Krazykangaroo I can stick some cuttings in a pot later today if you ever get as far as heywood
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Evelyn says...
Hi Reg,
Have not had any word from you. I will only be in contact again in November. Please sms or email me at efsyeungathotmaildotcom at end of Oct.
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krazykangaroo says...
Hi Jason or Jantina my email address is rowan.99@gmail.com if either of you can supply some pepino cuttings or seed, thanks
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Reg Wong says...
Evelyn

Tks for your offer. John Mc (of newcastle) sent me a generous cutting from which I have struck 10 new plants. He also sent me a specimen peppino the size of a small pawpaw.

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Reg Wong says...
Jantina

I didn't know there were more than one variety!

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jelad says...
my pepino plant is finally thriving and producing heaps of flowers and lots of fruit. Only problem.. fruit wont ripen!.. any ideas please
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Reg Wong says...
Evelyn

Tks again for your offer. A very kind gentleman in Newcastle sent me a cutting and a huge peppino. Look out for a picture in a few months!

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fruitist says...
Just finished reading thru this thread.
We now have a happy Igor who finally got his Kendall Gold. I remember he emailed me about 6 years ago and I sent some cuttings to him (via Germany) too. So don't know why he still asked for the same cultivar.
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fruitst says...
BTW, I am looking for some cuttings too. Any generous persons here?
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ringelstrumpf says...
I think it is important what kind of pepino you have. I grew one in Brisbane, grew like mad, didn't really set abundantly and the fruit was not amazing. Not sweet at all. I bought the pepino from Northey Street, but maybe they have other pepinos now.
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epiphany says...
My Kendall Gold pepino is finally fruiting (it decided it didn't want to last year but that may have been because my chooks devoured half of it before I was able to fence it off). If anyone would like cuttings, I'm more than happy to send some (assuming it's ok to post live plants to your State).
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Epiphany, can you please write to me at
"iamfruitist-at-gmail-dot-com". Thanks.
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Elizabeth says...
Can anyone tell me if you can cut back
or trim the small branches of the pepino
vine to let the sun get to the fruit to ripen??
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Evo says...
Yes Elizabeth. Pepinos love a good prune!
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lisa says...
I have a huge amount of fruit on my pepino gold but have had to pick some before quite ripe due to slugs/slaters etc. Will the fruit ripen once picked?
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Evo says...
No. Pepinos don't ripen once picked. Best to give them as long as you can on the tree. Best to fight the good fight with the slugs. Try raising the fruit off the ground with bricks or similar.
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lisa says...
Thanks Evo, should have asked before I picked a few out of the pesky slugs reach!!
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Rebecca says...
Gold Coast surburban garden - would anyone reccommend June to relocate my small plant into more sunlight?

Recommended additives to enhance production?

Thank you
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
Pepinos in the subtropics are coming into an active growth/flowering period so with the cooler weather and reduced sun intenisty it would be an ideal time to transplant. Water in with some liquid seaweed and when new growth is apparent, sprinkle some suphate of potash to initiate flowering and fruit set.
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Rebecca says...
Thank you very much
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Keig9 says...
I have about six plants all producing fruit. but the one on my garage wall facing east is by far the better one All of my plants are growing from cuttings from various plants (easy to do) with rooting powder. I leave them on the plant to ripen as I think they are sweeter.I have pepino gold, ButI would be interested in growing the other cultivars but they don't seem to be around in AUS. Can Anyone help?
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Polly says...
I find that my pepinos always fall down and then the fruit is lying on the ground, next the snails or slugs attack. Does anybody have suggestions or advice as to how they train or tie the plants up. I agree that the fruit tastes best if you leave it on the vine and you can smell the fragrance. The last time I tried to ripen some fruit off the tree all I got was a mess of inedible fruit.
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snottiegobble says...
Polly, try laying some re-enforce mesh or large gauge wire netting over your pepino horizontally using maybe bricks for support on each side of the plant.When the plant flowers poke each flowering stem thru the wire & secure with tie wire or grafting tape. As the fruit grow they will rest out of harm`s way on top of the the mesh. ( Some people do this with bush tomatoes too!)
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John Mc says...
Or you could try organza bags. They cost less than $20 per 100 on Ebay.
There's lots of different sizes and very decorative. They even have a built in pull tie for easy install and removal.
The bags are made of a very fine nylon mesh material so I'm assuming they would be great for slaters and snails.

I have a family of king parrots that frequent here, it dosen't stop them completely, they do have to go to a lot of trouble to eat through them, but it slows them up a lot. I only lose a few to the birds now instead of everything.
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amanda says...
That's a good tip off John Mc...do you think they would work for fruit fly exclusion bags too? I know the mesh is super fine...
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Mike says...
I wonder if they would stop fruit spotting bugs as well. I use paper bags and the fruit gets fungus easily but if fools the cockatoos.
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John Mc says...
I bought them especially for FF exclusion. The mesh is super fine but doesn't impede the flow of air. If you want to have a closer look at them before you commit to buy, Spotlight has them in stock. Very expensive though. If you don't have a Spotlight store nearby I could send you a couple of sizes.
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Mike says...
There is a Spotlight up the road so i'll have a stickybeak.Bugs,FF and fruit sucking moths take a big proportion of my fruit.Thanks John they are exactly what i need.
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John Mc says...
If you think they might be suitable, here's an Aussie store that's very reasonable and quick to despach. I bought some from here not long ago. I just bought the plain white, they come in all sorts of colours if you want your tree to look like christmas.

http://blingin.com.au/bags-organza-bags-c-6_505.html?zenid=4d918b845fc8d2249dd98392f739a008



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amanda says...
What about those "filmy" brightly coloured tab-top curtains they sell - the weave on them is even finer still I think?...I often see "gourmet" soaps etc sold in bags made of it...maybe a trip down to the haberdashery section of spotlight might be worthwhile (if u can sew too, of course! :)

PS - or even some knitted fruit-booties lol!? they may be too thick for the FF to get it's little stinger thing thru' perhaps....plus u can wash n recyle them...get knitting guys ;-)
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epiphany says...
I'm kind of curious to know...is "Pepino Gold" the same variety as "Pepino Kendall Gold"? We have the latter but I notice many people are referring to the former. As an aside...ours is *still* fruiting & flowering prolifically & has been doing so since December, so to answer the OP's post, Melbourne is fine for fruit set...& it doesn't seem to be too worried about cold nights either.
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Quentin says...
Build tripods of bamboo or any lightweight sticks and guide the fruit onto these using soft string (to avoid bruising). It can be quite fun, constructing these tripods and they can be manipulated to suit the shape of each bush. Try turning the fruit occasionally, so that they get an even dose of sunshine without pale sides.
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John Mc says...
Yeah, same here. Mine's still flowering and fruiting prolifically, 1 hours drive north of Sydney. I'm getting more fruit set now than I had in summer. The organza bags make them easier to find and keep an eye on.
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Greengran says...
Pepino fruiting now in the middle of winter in the Adelaide hills. One of our best producing winter fruits, though have to watch the millipedes and earwigs.
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Keig9 says...
I would like to try to see if it is possible to make pepino ice cream in my machine this summer does any one have a recipe for same? I have searched all over but looks like no one seems to have tried
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epiphany says...
I haven't tried ice cream as such but I make pepino iceblocks for the kids - they love them. Blend several pepinos (I prefer to peel them for this), yoghurt (couple of good big tbsps), lemon juice (1 lemon is probably enough) & zest, & a tbsp or so of honey. Mix to combine. Pour into iceblock molds & freeze. Very nice. When looking for icecream recipes, it's probably easiest to search for melon (rockmelon/watermelon/etc) & just substitute pepino as required.
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Evo says...
Lovely idea ephiphany. I've made pepino sorbet before, rather than a cream-based sweet. I followed a classic sugar-syrup recipe. The result was okay, but not spectacular.
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Elizabeth says...
Can anyone tell me how much pepino fruit
is to buy in any large fruit shops,
My son has an abundance of fruit and would like to sell them at markets but doesn't know what to charge

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Keig9 says...
I would like to try the other cultivars of pepino I have great success with Kendal gold but I would like to try Blush,Elcamino and Ruby, they are available in N.z. but cannot find here in AU.Any chance of obtaining seed or cuttings from these plants please. I would like to import from N.Z. but I think Quarantine restrictions prevent that. Any answers please help.
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Emma says...
Hi everyone!

I have a large pepino plant growing with lots of fruit on and i was wondering when the best time was to take cuttings, as i would like to give them as Christmas presents.

Also i am unsure how to take cutting as i am a very green gardener! Do i put them in a rooting hormone and then in water? or can i just put the cuttings in water and plant up when there is decent root system on them? Does warmth help when the cuttings are in water?

If someone could get back to me I would greatly appreciate it!
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2nd October 2011 11:12pm
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John Mc says...
Hi Emma,
If you have a mature plant, see if you can pull up some roots with the vine pieces. That's the easiest way, and just pot them up in the usuall way.
To strike cuttings, you should cut the vine neatly and very close to just under a joint in the vine and have at least 3 or more joints in the cutting. Then just plant them deeply into some potting mix and keep them warm for a few weeks till you see a couple of inches of new growth. Then plant them individually into their own pots and you're away. Use some softwood hormone if you already have some, I don't think it's necessary if you keep them warm.
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3rd October 2011 12:04am
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Emma says...
Thanks John Mc for replying so quickly!

I'm not sure if my plant is mature as i bought it around April this year reduced in the shops, but i presume it is due to having produced fruit and having woody lower stems.

I re-potted recently so i don't think there is any i can re-pot from the root ball. Can i take a strike cutting from the main woody stems?
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3rd October 2011 1:01am
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Emma says...
i mean a strike cutting of new growth from the main stem. But i would prefer to have them in water first to make sure they are forming roots.

Sorry if these questions sound silly!
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mrshildawarren says...
hi i was wondering if anyone would be willing to send me a pepino cutting i would be willing to pay for postage cost i live in caboolture queensland
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22nd November 2011 11:42pm
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Nick says...
Sure thing mrshildawarren, just drop me an email at niksmaster2008@hotmail.com, you'll probably find they'll root in the mail :)
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23rd November 2011 4:42pm
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mrshildawarren says...
thankyou nick i just sent you an email
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GreenGirl says...
Hi folks, I'm fairly new to pepinos, as I bought my first plant for a few dollars at a local sustainability fiesta in September. The fruit are just starting to yellow. three of the branches with the biggest fruit actually spilt and I thought I'd lost them but they just kept going and growing.

Thanks for the tips earlier in the thread about fruit fly. I have a couple of traps in my plum tree nearby, but I'll set up another trap right next to the pepinos.

At the moment it is still in it's original pot (6inches), but once the fruit have ripened I'll take some cuttings and repot it into something bigger.

Nearly scored an old papasan chair in the verge pick up yesterday. It would have been perfect for a little pepino grove, but was too big to fit in the car. Ah, well, them's the breaks.

Thanks again for this thread - much more informative than the very brief write ups on pepinos in the fruit-growing books.
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28th December 2011 1:10pm
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snottiegobble says...
I have a Cameron Apple pepino ( WA grown), but disappointed in the size of the fruit with nothing bigger than goose egg size!
The flesh is apricot coloured! Any ideas?
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
Apparently if the flower is pollinated the fruit tend to be a bit bigger. I have two different cvs growing next to each other and occasionally I get a fruit up to a kilo in weight but most of them are egg-sized like yours. They seem difficult to hand pollinate as the anthers don't shed pollen easily and insects don't seem to be attracted to the flowers.
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cfrogwoman says...
Happy to post some cuttings to you, email me directly cfrogwoman@hotmail.com
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sony says...
Hi,
I bought two plants online from Daley's in October and they are fruiting at the moment...I think they still have some.
they grow easily from cuttings.
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Billy says...
Hi all, I bought a Pepino plant from Bunnings more than a year ago and even though the plant has grown to 30cm tall still hasn't flowered at atll !! Well It actually did a few weeks after I planted it but the small fruit dropped some days later...... any suggestions???
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Tracey E says...
Pepinos can and do grow superbly here in Southern Victoria. Mine are now 3 years old, I give them a good haircut in winter to get rid of straggly growth, and they grow lush and thick. I have to fight the birds for them tho. My pepinos grow huge pawpaw size fruits down to kiwi fruit size. One I got from QLD grows well but fruit is smaller and not as sweet, whereas the one I got from a cutting from an Italian man in Gippsland grows beautiful big melons. they are very easily grown from cuttings, but I suggest getting those cutting from a proven plant.
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epiphany says...
I'm going to give my pepinos a trim back in a week or so - they've taken over their corner of the garden (yay for all those straggly branches forming roots!). It's a Kendall Gold. We get very nice, large, sweet fruit off it if anyone is still looking for some.
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Karen says...
Hi, is there anyone in the West/Northwest region of Sydney who has spare cuttings? Thanks.
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Lindsay says...
I have placed a few items in the forum but don't seem to be getting much response regarding other cultures besides kendall gold. There are more cultures available in N.Z. But how can I procure some of them? As I live in Melbourne, and it's very difficult to even converse with any one from "Across the Ditch" Can any one help,PLEASE?
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
You wouldn't be able to bring in a named variety anyway as only seed can be imported unless you want to go through an expensive quarantine process. I have my eye on some red pepinos which are in NZ but they don't even have eBay over there so it is very difficult to source plant material. Denise who posts on here occasionally may know where you can get seed of unusual cultivars. I bred a beautiful pure white pepino this year by crossing Pepino Gold with Kendall Gold, see pic
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
You can still see the pic if you click on the question mark
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cfrogwoman says...
My original Pepino did not flower in its first year,planted in a slightly shady position, free draining, but no compost or natural fertilizer, I think it wanted more sun and better 'food'. A cutting (a piece that lay on the ground and rooted so was cut off and moved to a completely different position) flowered and continues to produce fruit (2 years now) in a more sunny spot, I used an 'old' tomatoe teepee to train it into submission. the original only just produced few fruit in its 3rd year. The new position has no shade, had lots of old horse poo added and only a water every week or so. hope this may help, <3 Chris
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Billy says...
Thanks Chris, mye pepino was in a good location but now my pawpaw trees are too big so the location is partially shady. I may try planting some cuttings is another location and also add some animal manure.
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Quentin says...
Fruit sagging to the ground is very common. Easy solution....drive 1-metre bamboo stakes into the ground around the plant. attach some material to the stakes and to the fruit-bearing stalks.
I use "TwisTees" but garden string or wool will do the job. Also, if your fruit are getting heavy, it's time to trim some leaves away, to allow for additional sun-exposure.
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15th February 2012 9:58pm
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Harley says...
After picking, put fruit by a window in the sun for a few days and will ripen and get sweeter
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Keig9 says...
As I posted last time,My Kendal gold growing on my shed wall,is 2 metres tall climbing up some reinforcing wire mesh is loaded with fruit and the plants in the front garden which my wife tends also have lots of fruit. And for a change it looks like they may all ripen closer together, so I thank EVE. oct.09 for her recipes and this time we will be trying them. I would still like to try some different cultivars like the varieties they have in N.Z. can anyone help?
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12th December 2012 11:48am
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sternus1 says...
Keig9 I am confused about the right light conditions. I have one of these in a pot but can't decide where to put it in the ground, it doesn't seem to like full sun or at least hot sun. What light conditions are yours growing in?

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BrendaWylllie says...
Hello everyone. I have enjoyed reading all your posts about the Pepino.
I live in Tasmania and have 3 plants in my garden. Ants seem to be my bigest problem.

I have copied the sauce recipes from here, will have to give them a go.

Does anyone have any other recipes, there doesn't seem to many on the internet.

I have juiced my pepinos and use them with Midouri for a lovely cocktail (called a Greenie Weenie) LOL. I am also going to freeze some of the juice and see how that goes.
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Waterfall says...
I've just harvested some of these for the first time. I thought they were a very nice fruit, maybe a cross between a paw paw and rockmelon but not as sweet, yet still sweet enough to be enjoyable.

I left them on the tree until they were a deep orange and soft to touch. Possums chewed through the bags to steal my last 3 but I got a few to eat. Maybe some chicken wire will be needed next time.
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