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Exceptional plants with and without fruits, are now on in the hobby gardeners necessarily to daily life. In any case, one of the really extraordinary fruits is the melon pear, also called pepperino. In it, the harmonious flavors of pear and melon, as the name says it, unite. Just like the tomato, the Peppino is a nightshade plant and requires the undivided attention of the hobby gardener, because even with her can be committed to some mistakes in the care, which she does not forgive so quickly. However, if you give her the necessary attention, you will be able to harvest and enjoy wonderful fresh fruits.
- a sunny location
- enough water
- a balanced fertilization
- Offspring of side shoots
- frost-free wintering at 10° C.
Location and light
The melon pear loves warmth and also the sun. In the garden or on the balcony in a hanging pylon, it can be well maintained in a sunny location with plenty of light. So note that this is a plant that is not native to our latitudes, but from more southern climes, and offer them these conditions, you will be able to reap delicious fruits here as well.
Since the Peppino is very sun-loving, it needs a lot of water accordingly. But make sure in the pot for a very good drainage, because waterlogging you get absolutely not. On stagnant water, the melon pear reacts very sensitively, which can even lead to the plant coming in and all the trouble was in vain. Allow the soil to dry slightly before watering it again and check the moisture content of the soil daily to be on the safe side.
For regular fertilizer the melon pear is very susceptible. But do not overdo it, because otherwise only the shoots grow rapidly, but the fruits do not develop further. Above all, you should be careful with a fertilizer with a high nitrogen content. Begin fertilizing after flowering to promote fruiting and maturation.
Now that the fruits are ripe, as evidenced by the yellow color of the fruit and the purple stripes on them, you need to think about whether you want to overwinter the plant or not. The melon pear, which originates from the southern regions, is absolutely sensitive to cold and should bring it to its winter quarters already towards the end of September. The winter quarters must be bright and of course frost-free. If there are still unripe fruits on the plant at this time, you do not have to dispose of them. The fruits are still ripening in winter quarters and can still be enjoyed at a later date. An optimal temperature for the winter quarters of the melon pear would be 10 degrees Celsius. By spring, you will have to water the plant only moderately and the fertilizer is completely adjusted.
If you, as a hobby gardener, enjoy making plants yourself, you can easily multiply the melon pear with cuttings. In late summer, the cuttings are cut and set to root in water or potting soil. Take good care of the small plantlets and do not let them dry out, so that you can plant them in larger pots next spring and harvest and enjoy even more of these extraordinary fruits. Of course, the melon pear can also be propagated via seeds. Where the propagation of cuttings is much easier from Statten and much faster brings success.
Much like potatoes or tomatoes, the plant belongs to the nightshade family. It grows bushy and grows up to a meter tall. It is therefore ideally suited for pot culture. No matter whether in the garden or in the sufficiently large hanging beam on the balcony or the terrace.
Other care measures
After flowering, as with all plants, in addition to fertilizing and sufficient watering, any sprouted shoots or dead flowers should be removed. However, caution is advised, so as not to damage the small Fuchtansätze and bring so to a rich harvest. Side shoots that have remained without flowering can be removed after the main flowering to direct all the power of the plant into the fruit.
The fruits of the melon pear are ripe and can be harvested as soon as they are yellow and the stripes are purple. If you press the fruits lightly, they should give a little. The melon pear is very sensitive to cold.If you want to bring the plant well over the winter, so you should bring them towards the end of September in a bright winter quarters. If there are still fruits on the plant that are not yet ripe, they do not have to be thrown away because they still ripen in winter quarters. The temperature in winter quarters should be around 10 degrees Celsius. In winter, the melon pear is only moderately poured, fertilizer is not fertilized in winter. The melon pear can be multiplied very well over cuttings. These are cut in late summer and set to root in water, or in potting soil. In the second method you put a plastic bag, or you put a jar on the pot to make sure that tense air.
Treat yourself to the extraordinary kick of this southern plant in your own garden or on the balcony. Enjoy the fresh, ripe fruits whose taste is a blend of melon and pear. The pulp is nice and juicy and will delight you and your family. Even in fruit salad makes this exotic fruit very well.