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Solanum muricatum

Evergreen tropical perennial in the tomato family producing numerous avocado sized cantaloupe orange fruits with purple stripes in the fall that taste something like super sweet juicy cucumbers. Plant in full to part sun. Give good drainage and average water. Only water in the morning if needed. Flowers in the summer, sets quickly and ripens September through November. Native to Central America. Is killed by hard freezes, so best to grow in large containers and brought indoors or onto patios for the winter. Cuttings root easily and can be carried over the winter as rooted cuttings. Watch for tomato hornworms. One plant can make dozens of fruit each season. Only pick when the fruit has turned orange. It will not ripen further once picked unlike a tomato. USDA zones 9b-11.

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