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I have two tamarillos covered in fruit-a red & a yellow. As they are relatively short-lived I want to get some replacements ready. Has anyone had any luck growing them from cuttings? I've not had much experience growing cuttings & would appreciate any advice. I assume you do it winter/spring after the fruit's finished?
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paula says...
Hi kath.
I have a couple of cuttings going at the moment, which I took off the tree about a month ago. These are shoots that came out of the trunk/stem and I just placed them in water until the roots came out.
They were so easy to do.
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paula says...
And this is of a few I have ready to be potted up at the moment.
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Kath says...
Thanks Paula-have just put three of each type in a jar of water-wish me luck! If I manage to get one of each to grow I'll be rapt.
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paula says...
Good luck Kath, but you shouldn't need it. Mine took a couple of weeks before they showed any signs of roots, but they are off and running now.
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Araich says...
Did you just snap the shoot off from the trunk and put straight in water? I'm guessing that you then leave it somewhere shaded...

Also, how long does it take a tamarillo to fruit. I put one from a pot into the ground 10 months ago and it is now about 2m. Any chance it could fruit this year?
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paula-f says...
Yes Araich, I took these ones from the trunk of the tree, but just made sure I had a couple of nodes where the leaves were, as this will be where the roots form.
I will post a pic tomorrow of one of the cuttings I showed earlier in the thread, as this one is over my head now an has about 20 large fruit on it, and is just over a year old.
How did your ones go Kath, did you have any luck?????
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Kath says...
only one took! Will take some more cuttings tomorrow & try again. One of my trees is on the way out so I'd like a few more on the go plus have kiwi friends I've promised (a bit prematurely) trees to.
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Julie says...
I know cuttings give you quicker results, but they grow easily from seed too. The last time I grew tamarillo the bl***y parrots picked them all off just before they were ripe and left them strewn on the ground!
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Kath says...
I've had three attempts from seed & no luck, and only one cutting took from 6 or so. Black thumb!!
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Julie says...
Having seen your garden Kath, you definitely don't have a 'black thumb'! I have been gardening for over 40 years, and still have failures and occasional disasters. Some things are just harder to grow than others.
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amanda says...
Hey Kath (Karnup) - do u get frost down there? ta
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Araich says...
I'm in. I took two shoots off the trunk down low and put them in a glass of tap water. I've wanted a second plant but have max'd out at buying over 100 in our first year here (a plan I hatched when finding a mortgage). Fingers crossed one takes.
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Kath says...
Hi Amanda, no we don't get frosts here. We are only a few kms from the sea as the crow flies so are really lucky as we often get a sea-breeze.
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alexander says...
hi Paula,
What sort of water did you use to propagate cuttings?
We have S**T water here.
Do you prepare the cuttings with rooting hormones?
Cut or break the cuttings?
Did you have to change the water during the 2 weeks?
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paula-f says...
Hi alexander.
I use tap water and just pop the cuttings (usually I cut them) straight in and I usually just top the water up as it gets lower. In our climate, they take pretty much all year round. Unfortunately the rats are most of the fruit at the moment!!!!

How did yours go Araich....any take???
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alexander says...
Thanks, let you know how i go.
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epiphany says...
I had a long branch fall off one of my tamarillo trees last year (around end of winter, beginning of spring). I kept it in a pot of water while I decided what to do with it (I think it ended up being a couple of weeks in the end). Then I realised I could take cuttings. I cut it into 10cm lengths...some I took the leaves off, others I didn't. I also potted up any cuttings off the other trees while pruning them. Admittedly, I dipped them into rooting hormone but I've since read you don't necessarily need to. Every single one struck & some were producing fruit later in the year (but this may be because of the place they were taken from on the tree + the time of year?). All the leaves & stalks fell off while the stems were developing roots but once they took, they grew quite fast. I gave all but one cutting away to friends.

My understanding is that cuttings grow smaller than seedlings...they're better for pots & windy conditions because they don't grow as big. However, the fruit are generally smaller than seedlings. Certainly, my cuttings seem to back this up.
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Peruvian says...
Hi!I would love to grow a new tammarilo tree from an old one that is now 10 years old,..and still full of life!

As i understand i can grow a new one from a cutting,and..

My question is:d

Do i have to take a small cutting from that tree or can i take off one bigger stemm,about 20cm long that is already with small flowering at the top?

Will it still grow roots from it?

My deepest apreciation

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Des says...
I'm growing them from cuttings taken at the end of fruiting. You have to take the new soft growth and you have to 'rip' the cuttings from the tree rather than 'cut' them so that they have a decent 'foot'. I just put them straight into good potting mix - I haven't lost one yet.
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Peruvian says...
Do you plant the new cuttings right into a potting mix?

Dont it have to be first rooted in a jar of water,?

Thanks!
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John Mc says...
No, they'll strike in potting mix. I strike mine in a garden bed. Most plants that belong to the solanum family strike well this way, that includes tomatoes.
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Julz says...
Can someone tell me if I should break a small branch off the bottom of my tree or cut it, to start to propagate a new tree. Also I have noticed that my fruit has been falling off the tree this year while still green. Last year was its first fruiting year and this year it is very heavily laden.
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chicco says...
hi i would like to know when is the best time to strike the pieces
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Marie says...
Hi all,
I'm inspired to try cuttings from my tamarillo...and live in one of the colder areas of Gippsland, Victoria.
Anyone from these parts with hints for success, please?
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snottiegobble says...
Whatever you do , water or soil, youll have more success if you trim the leaves off your cuttings specially the big ones!
They are only going to wilt anyway & you will give your cutting a better chance of getting started!
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betr2garden says...
Thank goodness for you all! I have been trolling the internet trying to find info on Tamarillo. Many mentions, not much useable info though.

I am making jam and chutney (very small quantities) with my first crop from my yellow tamarillo. I planted it in May (bought from a nursery at about 1 metre tall - the label said RED, but hey).

The first picture is after we had a heatwave and, although the tree managed to hang onto some of it's leaves and even some of it's probably 60 fruit, many were burned and/or fell off.

I got about 30 mature fruit. Just enough to play around with. I used fruit on a salad wrap and found it tasted quite nice, but I grow Tamarillos for the jam. Trying Tamarillo and Apricot Jam, Tamarillo and Rosewater Jam and a Tamarillo Chutney this time. Just practice for the big harvest next time.

The second picture shows how I lopped the top off at 1 metre to make it branch out. The tree continued to grow taller while all the branches were forming so don't leave it too long before taking the top out.

I have several branches coming out of my tree down low now, so will try to propogate some new ones.

Thanks again for all the information. You are all wonderful!
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Julie says...
I'd love it if you have a really good recipe for jam. It will be a while before mine fruits, but recipes keep!
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Julie 1 says...
Would it be the right time of year to take cuttings of my tamarillo now? It is seed-grown, tall and skinny. I pruned it last year, but it shot up again.

It suffered badly over winter, and hasn't really recovered. Put out quite a few flowers, but all dropped off. Now I have a small greenhouse, I'm thinking I could move shorter, cutting-grown plants in pots over winter.
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JohnMc1 says...
Definitely, go forth and multiply.
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Julie 1 says...
Thanks John! Fingers crossed that they grow.
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Sandym says...
Just lopped my 3 meter high tamarillo and was keen to have more plants. Thanks all for your advice. One thing I did notice, no one spoke about stewed tamarillo and ice cream, delicious. they are also fine stewed and frozen.
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Waterfall says...
I've just planted a cutting off one of mine too, the neighbour had his jacaranda pruned which was hanging over our yard and they knocked branches off several of my fruit trees.

Hopefully the cutting takes.
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JohnMc1 says...
Tamarillo cuttings will probably need a minimum 20 deg + if you want them to strike in winter.
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denise1 says...
The tamarillo tree has two stages of growth. If you take cuttings from pieces off the trunk you will end up with a plant that has to complete growing vertically before branching and fruiting. If you take cuttings from the top branches the will avoid having to grow tall and you will get a low and branching bush . It will then be easier to maintain, pick from, and protect from any greedy animals. I normally grow them in deep fine pumice with frostcloth draped over and watered each day. Put in a warm but not hot place.
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Waterfall says...
The one I planted was from the top and had just started to flower when it was knocked off by the tree loppers.

The timing is not so good but if it fails I have nothing to lose either way.
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Vivvy says...
Tamarillo Marmalade.

2 lb tamarillos, 2 sweet oranges, 1 Cup water, 4.5 cups sugar (very sweet - I use 3 cups), 2 Tbs lemon juice.

Skin tamarillos & slice into bowl - sprinkle with 1 cup sugar & leave overnight. Thinly shred orange (discard pips), place in small bowl & cover with 1 cup water & leave to soak overnight. Next day place orange & water in large pot & cook til skin is tender. Add tamarillos & their juice, bring to boil. Add remaining sugar & lemon juice & boil briskly til a little sets on a saucer. Pour into hot sterilised jars. YUMMY. I do a double quantity
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RSAlass says...
I know this is an old thread, but wondering if anyone has any tips on propagating from branch/trunk cuttings that don't have any leaves?

I've got a really tall and spindly tamarillo that's about a year old in a large pot. It's only got leaves right at the top, so can't really prune to encourage branching. Before giving up on the poor thing, I was hoping to try making cuttings off the trunk (just the stick without any leaves).

Anybody know if these would take?
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Manfred says...
My mother has a tamarillo which matches your description and I examined it for the same purpose.
Where the leaf scars occur along the trunk there are axillary buds which should sprout if you use the stem for cuttings. They should also sprout if you cut the stem above them.
But don't sue me if I'm wrong. Tamarillos might not behave as they should. Assume the opprobrium heaped on me by my mother if my advice on hers fails is sufficient punishment.
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