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Litchi Tomato or Morelle De Balbis (10 seeds) (GR112) $3.00

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Litchi Tomato or Morelle De Balbis

         
 
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(S. sisymbriifolium) This was a favorite with customers who saw and sampled it in front of our store one summer. Large plants grow to 5', and are covered with thorns; sweet red fruit and large white flowers. Lovely to look at, but be careful with the thorns! We enjoyed the fruit all summer right from the plant. They're about the size of a cherry and taste like a cherry crossed with a tomato. A very pretty and attractive plant that originated in South America, but has been naturalized in many countries. Start plants as you would a tomato.
 
Litchi Tomato or Morelle De Balbis
Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 25
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 2.5

72.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Shule
Location:
New Plymouth, ID, United States
Date:
May 18, 2016
          5.0
 
Cool plants nice flowers
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Freeze-tolerant; flowers

What are the cons? No fruit-set in heat; starting

Review:

Started indoors (as I did in 2015), these are difficult to grow. They take a while to germinate. They require sunlight and/or extra nitrogen to grow beyond a certain size. Other than those hurdles, they're as easy to grow as tomatoes. The soil smells good at transplanting time, however. Mine were not heat-tolerant. They had nice flowers that remained in bloom for months, and finally set fruit when it cooled down a lot. They are hardy to about 15? F. So, yes, they can take a freeze. Most of the fruits (which probably weren't ripe enough) tasted kind of weird, but one or two tasted like an exceedingly awesome and sweet strawberry. It was already freezing before I harvested any fruit. The seeds look like eggplant seeds. In 2016, I grew them again from saved seeds (in an unheated Strong Camel 6'x5'x3' greenhouse in full sun; their soil was worm castings with a little peat moss). They germinated as fast or faster than peppers there, and they had no trouble growing beyond a certain size.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Beachcat
Location:
san diego, CA, United States
Date:
May 5, 2016
          2.0
 
Disapointement
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? I do not like this plant

What are the cons? Deadly thorns, little to eat

Review:

I am disappointed. Took almost a year to produce fruit. Cool looking plant but thorns are deadly!!! They go through gloves and go in so deep that cannot be removed or even seen. I still have some coming to the surface of the skin and I feel some deep in my fingers. I was picking fruit with BBQ thongs. Fruits have great flavor but are completely filled with a clump of rock hard seeds and only the flesh around seeds is flavorful. If seed clump is removed, there is no flavor left. I was so excited about this plant based on the catalog description but I ended up pulling them out.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
TomM
Location:
Richmond, VA, United States
Date:
April 17, 2016
          3.0
 
First time growing
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Appear hardy

What are the cons? Slow growth

Review:

First time trying to grow this plant. Bought the seeds here. Package came with about 14 seeds. Following advice from here - I planted real early, January 10th, with some odd pepper plants in peat pots. Peppers were all up and growing within 3 weeks, but first Litchi didn't pop-up for 1-1/2 months. They were still coming up 2-1/2 months later. Got 7 of the seeds finally to germinate (looking back I should have put the pots on heated pads). Now (mid-Apr.) I have plants of various sizes from 2" to 8". The biggest look like a creeping vine. Look hardy, and we finally passed the last freezing date. Re-potting most of them as possible gifts, but planning on planting three in my garden within the next 1-2 weeks. These grow real slow!!!!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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15 out of 16 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Joe
Location:
Los Gatos, CA, United States
Date:
February 24, 2016
          4.0
 
Need two for pollination
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Tasty

What are the cons? Must have two plants

Review:

Baker Creek fails to mention this in their description above, but if you want fruit, you must have TWO PLANTS for cross pollination. That is why there are so many reviews here complaining of low yields. I learned this the hard way years ago - had one Litchi plant that got huge and even over wintered, but only cranked out a few tiny fruits that were barely edible. I later learned of the pollination needs from another gardener. To the folks at Baker Creek - please mention this in your description and on the seed packet!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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19 out of 22 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Tailypo
Location:
Cedarcreek, MO, United States
Date:
October 9, 2015
          5.0
 
Wonderful fruits but ouch
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Taste; ease of growing.

What are the cons? Thorns!

Review:

I first grew these back in 2009, merely out of curiosity, but since then I have developed a distinct love/hate relationship with them. I LOVE the sweet-tangy fruits so like cherries with just a hint of tomato. In fact that tomato flavor almost put me off them at first, it seemed so at odds with the fruity sweetness, but after awhile, I really got to like it -- especially after I developed a few recipes to eat them in. (If you are new to this plant and want recipes, just go out and pick a bowlful and try them in anything that you would normally use either cherries or tomatoes in. That's what I did and it is amazing how well they work as either a sweet cherry or more tomato-like fruit.) What I HATE is the thorns that reach out and grab you as you pass by! These are BIG and AGGRESSIVE -- put them way back from paths and smaller plants. They also readily self-seed and can become invasive, so watch out for tiny sprouts early in the spring so you can put them only where YOU want them!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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