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Solanum (Fruit plants)

Solanum is a broad genus within the nightshade family (Solanaceae) with some of the most poisonous, yet usually very decorative plants known. However some of the subtropical and tropical species in this genus are widely cultivated for their edible, aromatic and delicious fruits. These fruit species offered here are native to Latin and South America, Africa, and some other tropical areas around the world. All are easily grown in any rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot and sufficient watering and fertilization in summer. Some may be treated as annuals in the garden, whereas the perennial, woody, shrub-like species grow excellently in pots in a warm wintergarden or greenhouse with a minimum of some 15°C in winter with reduced watering.
Sow flat in any humus-rich soil at some 20°C throughout the year in a sunny spot. Keep the perennial species drier and sunny in winter at a minimum of some 15°C. Transplant annuals to the garden after the last freezing nights in late spring to early summer.
Note: All green parts and immature, green fruits are poisonous if ingested !
20 seeds per package.

You find more Solanum species in these categories: Solanum (Winterhardy Nightshade) and Solanum (Tropical Nightshade).
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Solanum aethiopicum (African Eggplant)

Solanum aethiopicum (African Eggplant)


20 seeds per package.

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seed package6820 € 3,99
Solanum gilo (Brazilian Jiló Tomato)

Solanum gilo (Brazilian Jiló Tomato)

70 (120)cm, Jiló originates in W Africa, but nowadays it widely grown in Brazil for its tomato like fruits used as a vegetable. Seeds offered derive from the „Morro Redondo“ cultivar with more round fruits, used in the cookery like an Aubergine, when turning orange red on ripening. The wrinkled fruits add a distinct bitterness to several local dishes. Though being a perennial, it is best grown as an annual. Sow in early spring at some 20°C. Transplant seedlings in late spring to early summer after the last freezing nights in any humus rich, well drained soil in full sun. V-VIII.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 3224 € 4,99*
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Solanum muricatum (Pepino Melon)

Solanum muricatum (Pepino Melon)

50 (100)cm, Pepino Melon makes pale mauve flowers followed by egg-sized pale cream-yellow fruits with an aromatic, honeymelon like fruit-pulp. Grows as a short-stemmed perennial. For any rich soil in a sunny spot throughout the year with a winter minimum of some 15°C.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package2327 € 4,99
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Solanum sisymbriifolium (Sticky Nightshade)

Solanum sisymbriifolium (Sticky Nightshade)

100 (150)cm, Sticky Nightshade is an annual to short-lived perennial tropical plant native of South America with strongly dissected leaves on stems armed with long spines and showy large white flowers fading to pale mauve. Flowers are followed by up to 2cm large bright red fruits, which are edible when fully ripe and have a slightly sweet flavor. For any rich, well drained soil in full sun. Pre-cultivate in pots at some 20°C in early spring and transplant to the open garden after the last freezing nights at the end of spring. VI-IX.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 3355 € 2,99*
seed package
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Solanum spec. "Thailand"

Solanum spec. "Thailand"

An unknown and most likely semiperennial species (probably aff. Solanum xanthocarpum) from Thailand with tomato-sized orange yellow, hairy fruits with a yellowish, aromatic, slightly sweet fruit pulp. Used in traditional Thai cookery, where the peeled fruits are cut into slices and added to Papaya salad for example. Cultivation as for other tropical Solanum species.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 3337 € 3,99