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It's all come through observation. Grow something for a few years and you start to learn about it.
Have a look at this PEPINO BLOG - it might give you some more insight.
Thanks for all the info on pepino's Lisa. I have planted some but really didn't know what they eneded. Hopefully I will get some fruit at some stage.
Good for you for using the fruit in your soup. The haircut sounds like a good idea though you would normally do it after winter fruiting. Doesn't matter. The plants will grow back better than ever. I don't think you can kill them without wrenching them out of the ground physically. Manure or something similar to give them a boost? and plenty of water if you can, or wait for the rains.
I opened one up and followed the mark which was about 5mm deep. I couldn't spot any grubs. The fruit was still green so I mixed it into my watercress soup. Nothing wasted.
This morning I gave a brutal haircut to two of my pepino plants. I probably didn't give them enough water before so they were looking sickly. Thanks for the tips. I've grown pepino for over a year but never harvested any decent fruit.
Try cutting open some of the fruit with spots Janet - see what is happening inside. If you can't see grubs it is possible they haven't hatched as yet. Would be a pity to waste your fruit if it isn't FF damage though, just marks. If it is FF then bag the fruit, don't compost or just throw in your bin - they will hatch and re-infest.
I've found Pepino adapts itself well to a wide variety of situations in the garden.
I decided I'd remove them all from the backyard some time ago as they weren't doing well by my estimation. I cut them right back and made a lot of new plants in the front yard. Turns out they love to be cut back and I would recommend it once or twice a year after fruiting. The plants in both the back yard (more shade) and the front yard (western sun) are all doing fine and fruiting now. They like their water. You must keep the water up to them or they show their unhappiness by drooping and producing smaller fruit. Smaller fruit actually have more flavour than their big juicy counterparts though, so it's not the end of the world.
Don't completely remove your plants, just take cuttings. You then have a base plant with a good root system and less growth to support. Use some sort of fertiliser on it at the same time. Organic Xtra or whatever you personally fancy, and water it in well.
Now that the weather is heating up establishing your cuttings is going to be trickier. You could try growing them in a protected pot first then planting out. I try to establish my cuttings in the cooler months so the plants have a good root system for the hotter months.
Plenty of cuttings here (Strathpine) if you want some Stacey :) Just PM me.
I already have those spots, should I remove the affected fruit now?
I have a second pepino plant on the northern side of house, it gets full sun. the leaves look sun burnt. should I move the plant to a shadier spot?
Tiny pin prick spots on the fruit with eventual worm infestation of the fruit.
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