Pepino Dulce (Solanum muricatum)

Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
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Pepino dulce, scientifically known as Solanum muricatum, is a small perennial shrub belonging to the Solanaceae family, which includes tomatoes and eggplants. This plant is native to the mild Andean regions of South America and is cultivated for its sweet, melon-like fruit.

The pepino dulce plant typically grows to about 1-3 feet in height and spreads outwards with a bush-like habit. It has simple, large, and slightly hairy leaves, similar in appearance to those of tomato plants. The foliage is a vibrant green, providing a lush backdrop for the plant's flowers and fruits.

The flowers of pepino dulce are small and blue, resembling those of other Solanaceae species, with a bell-like shape. However, the most remarkable aspect of the plant is its fruit. The fruits are oval or elongated, measuring about 4-6 inches in length. Their skin is smooth, with a coloration that ranges from pale green to yellow with purple stripes or spots when ripe. The flesh inside is juicy, sweet, and aromatic, reminiscent of a mix between a melon and a cucumber.

Pepino dulce thrives in mild, frost-free climates and prefers well-drained, fertile soil. It is relatively easy to grow, making it a popular choice for home gardens in suitable climates. The fruits are typically eaten raw and are valued for their refreshing taste and texture. They are often used in fruit salads, desserts, or eaten as a snack. The pepino dulce is not only valued for its delicious fruit but also for its ornamental qualities, with its attractive foliage, flowers, and uniquely patterned fruits.

Plant Type: 
Short-Lived Perennial Fruiting Shrub/Vine

Pepino can be grown as an annual in colder climates!

Harvest Season: 
Spring, Summer, Fall

Mature Size: 
Up to 3-6 ft tall and wide

Soil & Moisture: 
Prefers well-draining very dry soil and low humidity conditions.

Light Requirements: 
Full Sun, Part Shade


Growth Rate: 

Zone Hardiness: 
Outdoors 9-11 (frost protection until established); Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Our Pepinos are grown from cutting or tissue culture and capable to produce within the growing season. 

Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
Based on 7 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 6 Total 4 star reviews: 1 Total 3 star reviews: 0 Total 2 star reviews: 0 Total 1 star reviews: 0
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7 reviews
  • MB
    MarieAnne B.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Years Gardening 1-5
    Grown This Variety Before? No
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    5 months ago
    Great buy

    I actually am thrilled with this purchase because I ended up with three plants for the price of one! I'm waiting for spring to be here so it can go to its final pot but looked very healthy when arrived.

  • MJ
    Madeleine J.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Years Gardening 10+
    Grown This Variety Before? Yes
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    6 months ago
    Replacement plant growing beautifully...thank you!

  • MB
    Michael B.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Years Gardening 10+
    Grown This Variety Before? No
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 month ago
    Nice olant

    Plant arrived on time and well packed. Nice and healthy and is doing well.

  • BB
    Bill B.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Years Gardening 5-10
    Grown This Variety Before? No
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 months ago
    Great plant

    it’s doing great i transplanted into a big container.the plant i bought in the winter didn’t make but this one look like it’s going to pros one fruit

  • CC
    catherine c.
    Flag of United States
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    10 months ago
    Plant was healthy and green.

    Plant was healthy and green. Unfortunately it took too long to arrive but I would definitely shop again!

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