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Melon pear: tips from cultivation to harvest


Have you ever eaten a melon pear? You should do that! And if you like it so much, then we have tips from growing to harvesting the melon pear.

Melon pears look great

The one in their South American home under the name Pepino Well-known, extremely tasty melon pears (also called pear melons) have recently received increasing attention in our gardens. The small melon pears got their Germanized name because of their appearance. While Pepinos have the size (up to about 20 centimeters) and basic color of a pear, their purple stripes and their shape are much more like a melon.

The purple and white bloom of the Pepinos is fascinating in the summer months. Especially since it turns much more violet at cooler temperatures, but significantly increases its white content in hot weather. At the same time, the yellow fruit forms inside the flower, which is a great contrast to the flower color.

Great looks and great taste

But they also became popular with us because of their sweet, fruity taste, which is particularly popular with children.

Tip:
Melon fruits are ideal for garnishing cakes or desserts. However, you can also use them to decorate salads.

Melon pear: tips from cultivation to harvest

Cultivation of the melon pear

In specialist shops you can now buy melon pears that grow up to 1 meter tall as plant-ready sticks for balconies, patios or garden beds.

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Of course, you can also sow the seeds (also available from the inside of the fruit) on a windowsill. Ideally, you should then use soil that is as sandy as possible, e.g. Cactus soil.

Tip:
However, it is also completely sufficient if you put a slightly larger cuttings (cut off about 10 centimeters long shoot in autumn) into damp sand or put them in a water glass and transplant them into a sandy growing soil if fine roots are sprouted. (Link tip: multiply plants - 4 techniques)

By the next spring, this stub will develop into a sturdy plant, which you can then use outdoors. Here you should choose a sheltered, very sunny location.

Care of the melon pear

»Watering / fertilizing:

Pepinos need sufficient water - but you should strictly avoid waterlogging. In addition, they usually do not need to be fertilized.

»Thin plants:

Melon pears, like tomatoes, are part of the nightshade family, which is why you have to pick the plants out for a good harvest (link tip: thin out tomatoes for plenty of fruit).

»Control pests:

From time to time melon pears are also infested with pests, e.g. Flies, lice or a fungal attack. Pest control should then be carried out as with tomatoes. However, a thorough shower can sometimes work wonders against pest infestation, especially with potted plants.

»Wintering:

In the icy winter months, the melon pear, which is actually several years old, must spend the winter in a frost-free room.

Tip:
Take pepions from the field, plant them in pots and e.g. in a winter garden, a glass house or a light-flooded basement.

Fruits that have not yet been harvested will of course continue to ripen on the stick. You can also pick them from the plant and let them mature in a bowl.

Harvest melon pears

Pepinos ripen in late summer and autumn. You can recognize the ripeness by the fact that the fruit color changes from light green to yellow, the fruit gives way under gentle pressure and also smells wonderful.

Tip:
Seasoned melon pears can be stored in cool temperatures (around 5 degrees) for around 3 to 4 weeks. Pepino jam also tastes delicious!

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