Non fruiting Pepino

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  1. William_Blakers

    William_Blakers Junior Member

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    Hi all
    I was hoping someone could help me with my non-fruiting pepino. It has been in the ground for six months and is growing furiously, nearly a metre wide, with lots of flowers, but no fruit.
    Should I prune it? Plant another? Some other trick?

    Regards to all
    Bill
     
  2. gardenlen

    gardenlen Group for banned users

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    g'day bill,

    dunno if i can help mate? i had one that had no trouble fruiting, so here's my hint might be a pollination problem or lack thereof? maybe not enough bees etc.,. to do the job, you may have to identify if you are getting male and female flowers and do some hand pollinating.

    len :(
     
  3. muttabuttasaurus

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    Is it possible that your plant is getting copious amounts of nitrogen and so is growing lots of leaves at the expense of flowers? Maybe you just need to stress the little darling out a little bit?
    My boss says she grew some of the biggest tomato plants of her life last summer but got no fruit at all. I asked her what she fed them and she mumbled something about miravle-gro and we didn't get much further after that, but that's the second non-fruiting solanacae story I've heard this week. hmmm...
     
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    G'day Bill,my pepinos always seem to fruit in the second year.I get heaps of growth and flowers in the first year but the flowers don't seem to set fruit until the second year.
    Hope that helps.

    cheers Kurt
     
  5. William Blakers

    William Blakers New Member

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    Thank you all for your replies.

    I did think it might be a lack of pollinators, but there are plenty of the italian honeybees on the Euc flowers.
    Does anybody know if Pepinos have a specialist or at least preferred pollinator?
    As for fertilising I must admit I have not done any. Where I am is Perths notorious water repellant sand. I did dig in some manure (sheeep) before I planted. But the chillies seem to be producing fine. Now that i think about it could the chillies be cross polinating the pepinos and preventing fruit set? Or the tomatoes for that matter? They are all solanacea after all. (sounds like the title of a song).
    Anyhow thank you all once gain for your hints.
    Regards to all
    Bill
     
  6. muttabuttasaurus

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    Hey I just remebered that the pepino's I have grown before were mostly from cuttings which took quite easily under my inexpert care, SO, if after another season you still don't have fruit might I suggest that you seek out a plant that fruits heavily and ask its people if you can take a bunch of cuttings? Maybe your plant just isn't very fertile? ???
     
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    Nonfruiting pepino

    Some info from the Plants For a Future website about pepinos (there's more info there if you want to visit):

    The flowers are hermaphrodites. Plants can set fruit parthenocarpically (without fertilization or seed being formed) but self-fertilization or insect fertilization greatly encourages fruiting[196]. High temperatures, particularly above 30°c, at flowering time can cause the flowers to abort[196].

    Mont
     

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