Here's the Dwarf Tamarillo, Tree Tomato, Solanum abutiloides in this video i will taste test it! The fruits are edible, though Solanum abutiloides is rare in cultivation and plants have not been bred for quality of flavor. Therefore, the fruit can often have an unpredictable or unpleasant flavor, and Solanum abutiloides is most often cultivated as an ornamental plant, as the clusters of ripe fruit are very decorative. Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested! Handling the plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction. Pollen may cause allergic reaction.
Dwarf Tamarillo, Tree Tomato
Seeds grow well in a compost or potting soil mix – even as a potted indoor plant. Pitaya cacti usually germinate after between 11 and 14 days after shallow planting. As they are cacti, overwatering is a concern for home growers. As their growth continues, these climbing plants will find something to climb on, which can involve putting aerial roots down from the branches in addition to the basal roots. Once the plant reaches a mature 10 pounds in weight, the plant may flower. Pitaya flowers bloom overnight and usually wilt by the morning. They rely on nocturnal pollinators such as bats or moths for fertilization. Self-fertilization will not produce fruit in some species, and while cross-breeding has resulted in several "self-fertile" varieties, cross-pollinating with a second plant species generally increases fruit set and quality. This limits the capability of home growers to produce the fruit. However, the plants can flower between three and six times in a year depending on growing conditions. Like other cacti, if a healthy piece of the stem is broken off, it may take root in soil and become its own plant. The plants can endure temperatures up to 40 °C (104 °F) and very short periods of frost,
survive long exposure to freezing temperatures. The cacti thrive most in USDA zones 10-11, but mayrvive outdoors in zone 9a or 9b.