Lulo, Naranjilla (Solanum quitoense)

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Naranjilla, also known as Lulo, Naranjita, or Lulum in it's native Central and South America, is a unique fruiting shrub.  Naranjilla produces a small, round, orange fruit that has a flavor combo of pineapple, rhubarb and lime.  It is sold in fresh produce markets in it's native areas, where it is used to make a popular juice.

The thick woody stems and soft heart-shaped foliage of the Naranjilla are coated with bright purple hairs when the plant is young and long spines when it is mature. 

Although Naranjilla is a subtropical perennial, it is able to survive a short frost. Naranjilla is also great for container gardener.  Growing in a container allows you to move the plant indoors during the winter.

Plant Type
Perennial Fruiting Shrub

Harvest Season
 Intermittently year-round

Mature Size
8 ft. plush purple-veined leaves up to 2 ft. long and 18 in. across

Soil & Moisture
Rich but well draining soil, high moisture.

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile
Yes

Growth Rate
Medium

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 9b-12 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

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How to Grow Naranjilla Lulo

Plant Type: Perennial Fruiting Shrub

Harvest Season: Intermittently year-round

Mature Size: 8 ft. plush purple-veined leaves up to 2 ft. long and 18 in. across

Soil & Moisture:  Rich but well draining soil, high moisture.

Exposure: Part Shade, Light Shade, Full Sun

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