Tamarillos: Tips from cultivation to the harvest of tree tomatoes

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Delicious sweet-sour tasting Tamarillos (tree tomatoes) are still relatively unknown to us. But if you want to grow it, we have some tips for you here.

Tamarillos taste sweet and sour

The average two-meter-tall, evergreen potted plants like to cause pure astonishment in their viewers. After all, the tree tomatoes in nature grow up to 7 meters high. Even in multi-storey winter gardens, they can easily reach this height and serve because of their large leaves there often as a perfect shading plant.

In gourmet restaurants, the Tamarillos are now much better known. They like to serve cheese or refine an exotic salad. Whereby the usually quite hard shell must either be removed or the pulp is lifted out with a dessert spoon. Here are just our tips from cultivation to the harvest of delicious Tamarillos.

Cultivation of Tamarillos

Tamarillos: Tips from cultivation to the harvest of tree tomatoes: tomatoes

For the cultivation of the tree tomato you can buy seeds in the garden shop market. Many times in the shops but also small Tamarillo trees are offered.

But if you have now decided to seed-seed, you must sow the seed in nutrient-rich, well-moist cultivation soil (use small seed pots) and cover it with soil. Then you should germinate the sowing in a warm, shady place. During germination, it is important to keep the soil evenly moist. Simply use a sprayer.

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Cover the pots with colored, slightly air-permeable plastic wrap until the first seedlings are visible. Once strong plantlets have formed, you can then individually transform them into small pots. From this point on you should use as clay soil as possible.

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Caring for the Tamarillos


Tamarillo grows the first years to a beautiful, evergreen tree plant. Only at the age of three do they blossom, from which the delicious berry fruits emerge. With the growth you have to transplant the tree tomatoes at the same time also regularly in larger pots.

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If the plants are cut from a certain trunk height, they can branch out from there in the width and the growth is throttled according to the height of the room a bit.

Water supply:

Tamarillos: Tips from cultivation to the harvest of tree tomatoes: tree

As far as the watering of tree tomatoes is concerned, you must orient yourself to the prevailing local weather conditions. Basically, the Tamarillos tolerate no waterlogging. A constant moisture in the pot, however, is absolutely okay for the tree tomatoes.

The basic rule is:

Provide plenty of water on hot days (some even water several times a day), but only moderately water in winter.


During the summer months you can also put the Tamarillos on the balcony or the terrace. If you want, you can even repopulate it in the field. However, you should always choose a sunny, sheltered location.

Winter protection:

In winter, the tree tomatoes enter a so-called vegetation break. During this time you should continue to set up the Tamarillos in a light-flooded location - it suffice temperatures of about 5 degrees.


Furthermore, you should provide Tamarillos with low-nitrogen fertilizer once a month from spring to summer. Pure glasshouse plants, however, should be fertilized every 3 weeks. Cactus fertilizer is best for the Tamarillos.

Harvest of Tamarillos

Tamarillos: Tips from cultivation to the harvest of tree tomatoes: tree

Depending on the location, Tamarillos even produce fruit year-round, which is why there is no real harvest time in our climes. Recognizable are ripe fruits but on their deep red shell. Yellow, orange and purple tamarillo varieties are also available. Their shape resembles the elongated Roma tomato, although they are much smaller.

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If you have harvested the Tamarillos too early, that's no problem at all. They ripen easily in a bowl.

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