West Palm Beach, FL
What are the pros? Rare Ancient Crop, Unique
What are the cons? None
I bought my first packet of Naranjilla seed from Baker about two years ago and love my plants. I have found that they need a little extra calcium and magnesium and iron to really grow and set fruit properly. Maker sure you use a well rounded fertilizer formula with plenty of potassium too. When the plants start turning a little pale they are hungry. My current set of one year old plants pictures can be found on eBay showing the different stages from seedling to harvest if anyone is interested. All in all naranjilla plants are fun to grow once you get the hang of it and it is almost like growing a plant from another planet. Even the bees that pollinate the naranjilla are the metallic green ones that hover in place.. very cool! Plants can still get spider mites and aphids so watch out for them. Use big 25 gallon pots filled with sand for best results. Pick ripening on the plant takes a long time, at least several months so be patient. Harvest fruit with pruners and gloves.
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