HOW TO GROW FROM SEEDS
Tamarillo tropical which is known as Tree Tomato can be grown easily from seeds. Sow seed in clean, fresh compost and lightly cover. Keep moist and germinate at a temperature of around 25.5ºC. Pot on as required, gradually increasing in pot size using either a John Innes No 2 or similar peat-based compost. Ideally, you should end up in a large container, half a barrel or similar. Whatever you use, ensure it is well-drained to avoid water-logging. Germination can take between 3 - 5 weeks. Transplant seedlings in the same way as you would conventional tomatoes.
HOW TO CARE THE PLANTS
Tree tomatoes tolerate many soil conditions as long as it’s draining well, though compost-enriched soil is preferable for optimal growth. The tree tomato tamarillo also needs placement in full sun, though in hotter climates it can be planted in areas with partial shade. Due to the shallow root system of these trees, adequate wind protection may also be necessary, such as near the house. As with tomato plants, part of your tomato tree care will include plenty of water. In fact, it is helpful to mulch around the tree to retain moisture levels. This is how you can take care of your tree tomato plants for a better result.
KNOW ABOUT THE FRUIT
The Tamarillo comes from Peru and is related to the tomato, potato, eggplant, and other nightshade plants. The plant is not hardy with us but is suitable as a container plant that can be overwintered in the greenhouse or winter garden. From the second to the third year it forms numerous egg-shaped, yellow-red to purple-colored fruits, the taste of which is reminiscent of passion fruit. They are ready to be enjoyed when they give in to finger pressure.
Note: Information provided for guidance only, as cultural practices and climatic circumstances vary.
- Season: Summer
- USDA Zones: 10-11
- Days to Harvest: 60-80 days
- Height: 10-18 feet
- Soil Type: Moist
- Temperature: 10 degrees Celcius
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