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chriscross1966

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How do I know when a pepino (melon pear) is ripe?
« on: September 27, 2010, 14:39:57 »
My two thriving bushy green plants have a total harvest of three hens egg sized fruit on them.... how do I tell when this wonderous bounty is ready to eat?.... any chance to overwinter the plants, they didn't have a great position this year but next they should be good for a lot more sunlight cos they'll be in a big greenhouse and not a cramped polytunnel...

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Re: How do I know when a pepino (melon pear) is ripe?
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2010, 18:09:25 »
They change colour and there is a bit of give if gently squeezed, they do seem to take a long time to fully grow and ripen. Here's a picture of one of mine last year 30th of October, with fruit ripening up, the year before I didn't have any ripe until I think it was December. It is in a 10 or 12 1/2 litre pot to give you an idea of size, the pot is raised up to keep the fruit are off the ground. If you keep the plant frost free and fairly dry it should over winter just fine, but they do really well from overwintered cuttings which root really easily.

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Re: How do I know when a pepino (melon pear) is ripe?
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2010, 00:38:36 »
Cool... thansk for that Jayb!.... will have to find some way to get them through the protection hiatus when the tunnel comes down and the GH goes up (early Nov probably....)

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Re: How do I know when a pepino (melon pear) is ripe?
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