Tree tomato [Tamarillo]
Tree tomato [Tamarillo]
Tree tomato [Tamarillo]
Tree tomato [Tamarillo]
Tree tomato [Tamarillo]
Tree tomato [Tamarillo]
Tree tomato [Tamarillo]
Tree tomato [Tamarillo]
Tree tomato [Tamarillo]
Tree tomato [Tamarillo]

Tree tomato [Tamarillo]

Cyphomandra betaceae

AVAILABLE JHB, PTA ONLY

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This superfruit is one of the most nutritionally packed fruits in existence, rich in vitamins A,C,B & E. Tamarillos taste a bit like a passion fruit and piquant tomato combined - intensely sweet with a hint of tartness. 

Tree Tomatoes are low growing shrubs, reaching around 3m in height. They bloom in early spring, producing fragrant pink flowers. These blooms will eventually give way to small, oval or egg-shaped fruit, reminiscent of plum tomatoes.

 

Plant comes in a black grow pot. Decorative planters sold separately. 

Our edible plant range is currently only available for delivery in Joburg & Pretoria.

 

Flat shipping rates apply per order (add more plants & pay the same on shipping). Gauteng R79, Western Cape R89. Rest of South Africa R119 (Except Limpopo, Mpumalanga & Northern Cape R149).

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Caring for Tamarillos

Light

Like tomatoes, Tamarillos need plenty of sun to bear fruit - aim for around 6 - 8hrs a day. If they are in a very hot part of the garden they will appreciate some shade in the afternoon.

Water

Most fruit bearing plants need plenty of water, and only the top layer of soil should dry out. If growing in a pot, try keeping the soil consistently moist. However, ensure your Tamarillo doesn't stand in water, as root rot will quickly be the end of the plant.

Feeding

Feed with a balanced fertiliser monthly during the growing season. When it starts bearing fruit, use a potassium rich fertiliser specially formulated for fruiting and flowering plants.

Re-potting

Tamarillos cannot tolerate frost, and if grown in a climate where it can drop to below -0C at night, rather plant it in a pot that can be brought indoors in winter. It enjoys a well-composted potting mix that drains well. You may need to re-pot it as it grows, using fresh soil and a slightly bigger pot. Only re-pot in Spring before it flowers.

Atrium Top Tip

It takes about 25 weeks for the fruit to ripen on the tree before they can be eaten. After harvesting, the fruit should be consumed within 10 days, as it does not have a long shelf life. Ensure all ripe fruits are harvested off the tree or they will attract unwanted pests. This plant will benefit from yearly pruning.

Quirky plant fact

A Tamarillo's flavour generally varies with the skin colour, with red skinned fruits being more tart, while the yellow skins are more sweet. Tamarillos originate from South America, but were first commercially grown in New Zealand during World War II when demand for their vitamin C content surged.