A picture of a Tamarillo

Tamarillo

Solanum betaceum

Also known as

Tree Tomato

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1a

RHS hardiness

15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

5m

Max

4m

1.5m

Min

2m

2 years to reach maturity

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Feed multi-feed in early spring when blossoming. Ready to harvest when they develop the yellow or red colour. Simply pull the fruit from the tree with a snapping motion, leaving the stem attached.

Tamarillo Overview

Although it looks much like a medium-sized tomato, the tree tomato is not a true tomato. The tamarillo bears an exotic, edible, tangy, egg-shaped fruit which can grow up to 5cm long and is very nutritious. Areas where citrus are cultivated provide good conditions for tamarillos.

Common problems with Tamarillo

Generally regarded as pest-resistant however powdery mildew might be a problem. Water the base of the stem only avoid wetting the leaves.

Tamarillo Companion Plants

How to propagate Tamarillo

Seed

Sow during spring with spacing of 2m. Sow just below the surface. Seeds can sprout quickly and seedlings usually show vigorous growth. Under ideal conditions, seeds germinate after 4-6 days.

Cuttings

Propagate from cuttings and plan to replace after 5 years or so as it is short lived.

Special features of Tamarillo

Crop rotation

Medium Feeder

Indoor plant

Tamarillos are suitable for growing as indoor container plants, needing lots of light and enough water.

Other uses of Tamarillo

Culinary

Edible

Ripe fruits are quite acidic/tart and make delicious additions to stews, hollandaise sauce, chutneys and curries.

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