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Solanum betaceum
FRUIT-TREE-TAMARILLO originates from south and central America. It is very useful small perennial tree with large green leaves. Grows up to 5m in height and has prolific nutritious hanging egg shaped edible fruits (but the skin is bitter). As it grows the leaves become huge (up to 40cm across). It is not a very drought tolerant plant so needs water during dry times. Will grow in a wide range of shade/sun and soil conditions. In warm climates it will produce fruit for about 10 months of the year from roughly January to October. Tolerates temperatures down to 2°c. Does not like being waterlogged.

Responds well to pruning thus kept at just the right height to suit your garden.
Plant in sheltered sunny position with well-drained fertile soil. 5mm deep 3m apart. Will not tolerate water-logging or drought.

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How to Grow Fruit Tree-Tamarillo 

To grow tree Tamarillo Fruit Tree just follow these steps:

  1. Choose a sunny location with well-draining soil. Tamarillo trees prefer slightly acidic soil with a pH between 5.5-6.5.
  2. Prepare the soil by removing weeds and rocks and adding compost or organic matter to improve soil fertility.
  3. Purchase a young Tamarillo tree from a nursery or grow from seed.  If growing from seed, start the seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last expected frost date.  Transplant seedlings into the garden when they are about 15 to 20cm (6-8 inches) tall.
  4. Space the trees about 10-12 feet apart to allow for good air circulation and sunlight penetration.
  5. Water the trees regularly, especially during dry periods. Avoid overhead watering, as the leaves are susceptible to fungal diseases.
  6. Fertilise the trees with a balanced fertiliser every 4-6 weeks during the growing season.
  7. Prune the trees regularly to remove dead or diseased wood, crossing branches and to maintain an open, airy shape.
  8. Harvest the fruit when they are ripe, which is typically in late summer or early fall. The fruit will turn a reddish-purple colour and will feel slightly soft to the touch.

To minimise the risk of disease, it is important to plant Tamarillo fruit in well-draining soil, avoid overwatering, and practise good sanitation, such as removing infected plant debris promptly.  Additionally, selecting disease-resistant varieties and rotating crops can also help prevent disease.


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Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Plant Height (cm)

3 - 5 Metres

Season of Interest

Late Summer / Autumn

Temperature Range (°C)

15 - 25

Determine / Indeterminate

Annual / Perennial / Biennial


Frost Hardy / Tender


Full Sun / Part Sun / Shade

Full Sun / Part Shade

Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings

Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings


Well drained fertile soil


5.5 - 6.5

Soil Temperature (°C)

at least 18

Seed Preparation

Can be soaked in warm water for 24 hours prior to planting

Sowing Depth (mm)

1 - 2

Plant Spacing (cm)

3 - 4 Metres

Row spacing (cm)

3 - 4 Metres


Regular to keep soil moist, not waterlogged

Germination Time (Days)

2 - 4 Weeks

Harvest Time (Days)

4 - 5 Months

Good Companion Plants

Beans, Basil, Carrots, Marigolds, Nasturtiums, Peppers

Bad Companion Plants

Brassicas (e.g. broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage), Nightshades (e.g. tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants),



Bacterial canker, Phytophthora root rot, Verticillium wilt, Anthracnose, Fusarium wilt,

More About Us

ABSeeds is an Australian owned business trading under the umbrella of Direct Compost Solutions which is owned and managed by Victoria Brun.

We as a company endeavor to provide to the public, Organic, Old Fashioned, Heritage, and Open-pollinated seeds that have not been genetically modified.

We purchased the business in November 2018 and renamed it to ABSeeds (All ‘Bout Seeds) to make the title shorter and represent what we hope to achieve with this business in the years ahead.

Seeds that we can’t grow ourselves we will acquire from people who grow for us, or we may purchase seeds from reputable heritage seed companies.

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