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Asked by Jim.mcguire51 on July 24, 2016
Pepino

Do you prune a pepino bush (it is in a large pot)?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

The growth habit is indeterminate, so pinching out any side shoots but leaving the flower buds, much like you do with a tomato plant, is a good method of pruning and training the plant.
It likely needs a support system or staking to support it in the container.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/pepinos/growing-pepino-plants.htm

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Asked by mogita on November 3, 2016
Pepino Melon

What are common pests affecting pepino melon?

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Alisma
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Pepino melon, botanical name Solanum muricatum, is affected by spider mites, mealybugs, the pepino fly, and the peach aphid, in South America, where it originates. Pests are less common in other regions where pepino melon is grown, but this may vary by the location.

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Asked by pepino on January 24, 2018
Pepino Plants

This is Ok-Kyung Kim working at Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan.
I and my collegue, associate professor Takahata are interested in producing pepino crop and we are performing a project to develop a new brand pepino and its cultivation system in Japan.
As you may know, pepino was firstly imported from New Zealand to Japan in 1980s, but unfortunately it was not popular because of less sweetness. To understand how pepino is produced and consumed in NZ, we are planning to visit NZ from 11th to 18th
February. While searching information on pepino, we found your interesting article about pepino plants. If you do not mind, could you tell us where pepino plants are cultivated in NZ currently? We would like to visit their farm and learn how to produce it.

Waiting your positive response.
Thank you for your help in advance.

Regards,

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BushDoctor
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

We would not be able to tell you where they were produced in another country. I would guess that some of the universities there would know more about the locations of production, and you could get in touch with them. They would be able to help more on this subject.

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