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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: 17
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0

70.6% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
Ava
Location:
Cottonweed, AZ
Date:
December 12, 2014
          3.0
 
Thorny Seedy...Want a bite
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? Beautiful flowers.

What are the cons? Thorny & seedy

Review:

I enjoy growing new things.....but as the season progresses, some new things fall into the category of a waste of space. Difficulty weeding (thorns). Difficulty harvesting (the 5 fruits were covered with thorns). Difficulty eating: My fruits were the size of a dime and were predominantly seedy with no amazing flavor to make up for it. (Zone 7b). I'll give it this: while other tomatoes perished all around it with curly top virus, this plant was juuuuust fine all season long...then again it's not really a tomato.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Sammis
Location:
Clovis, CA
Date:
December 2, 2014
          2.0
 
Dissapointed
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Cool thorny plant

What are the cons? No Fruit

Review:

Big plant! Tons of flowers... not a single fruit. I let the plant go totally after about 2 1/2 months and just let the horn caterpillars ravage the plant. was pretty dissapointed. grew 10 plants all gave no fruit. will try again this spring!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Rebecca
Location:
Eugene, OR
Date:
October 3, 2014
          4.0
 
Great plant for the right spot
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? beautiful flowers

What are the cons? thorns

Review:

This became a huge plant in my garden - topping over 7 feet. I didn't really get enough fruit to merit the space it took, but I did love it for the continually beautiful flower display that stood above everything else. I underestimated the space it requires, so planted it too close to my tomatoes, which has made harvesting them more of a chore. I'd recommend it to someone who has the space to play around with interesting plants, with caveats. Another time I'd put it in the back or on an edge where it can grow without whacking you with its thorny branches.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
DK
Location:
Torrey, UT
Date:
January 23, 2014
          4.0
 
These will get ya
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Unique

What are the cons? Hard to harvest

Review:

These plants were super unique to grow, and I didn't realize how big they would get- lots of branches, lots of thorns. They didn't ripen until almost before the first frost (but where I was growing this was probably normal) and opened up when ripe, so you don't have to fight with the thorns on the fruit covering to get to them. Not super tasty, but something fun to try.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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12 out of 12 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Andie
Location:
Belfair, WA
Date:
October 8, 2013
          5.0
 
Loved this one
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Taste, appearance

What are the cons? Thorns

Review:

I absolutely loved this plant and plan to grow it next year as well. If you let the berries fully ripen they taste amazing right off the plant. All the seeds I planted germinated; I started them in March on a heated mat with a grow light in my greenhouse. I had a ton on berries starting around July. My husband joked that they are a great "security" plant because of the wicked thorns - that's the only downside to the plant is you have to carefully consider where you place it because mine got BIG. Like six foot tall big. They don't like to be moved, and let you know it with their thorns. I'm interested in researching other uses for the berries because I got so many we couldn't eat them all.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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