2 years to reach maturity
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.
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
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.
Propagate from cuttings and plan to replace after 5 years or so as it is short lived.
Special features of Tamarillo
Tamarillos are suitable for growing as indoor container plants, needing lots of light and enough water.
Other uses of Tamarillo
Ripe fruits are quite acidic/tart and make delicious additions to stews, hollandaise sauce, chutneys and curries.