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Solanum quitoense (Naranjilla)

Spectacular giant purplish fuzzy and spiny leaves on this eggplant relative. Fruits in its second year. Plants do not last long if nematodes are present in the soil. Fruit is edible and produces a flavourful juice that tastes like a combination of pineapple and citrus. We recommend growing these in conjunction with Tagetes ground control , A Dutch cultivar breed of marigolds grown specifically for maximum control of nematodes in vegetables.

  • Germination sown into a well-drained, sandy compost at any time of the year, covered thinly with sand or grit and kept moist. Keep at between 20-25 degrees C. Seeds sometimes germinate within 4 to 6 weeks although some may take very much longer so please be patient. Plant out in the open ground in warmer countries or in a large container elsewhere.

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