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  • Litchi Tomato / Morelle De Balbis
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  • Litchi Tomato / Morelle De Balbis
  • Litchi Tomato or Morelle De Balbis
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Litchi Tomato or Morelle De Balbis (25 seeds) (GR112) $3.50

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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: 29
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 2.5

69.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
TomM
Location:
Richmond, VA, United States
Date:
February 26, 2018
          4.0
 
Review from two years growing
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Neat look and flavor

What are the cons? Thorns

Review:

These start slowly so you should start seeds when you start Green Peppers in your area. They look sickly when young. Need some spraying when young too as bugs do like the tender young leaves. I actually found they do better in large patio pots. Thorns look nasty, but only require caution. Red fruit is ready when it pulls off easily. If you have to rip them off they are not ripe! Taste like a cherry got together with a tomato to me. Lots of internal little seeds that remind me of raspberry seeds. If raspberry seeds cause you problems you might want to re-consider eating these. Horn Worms love the berries as well. Amazingly frost resistant when mature - my plants lasted well into November (I was still picking fruit off them then) after every other thing in my garden had died. I would call this a novelty plant. Entertaining to grow. Attractive. Kids will love it. Different. You just have to think about its location, and know it wont produce enough fruit at any given time to feed a person,

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

13 out of 14 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
GardenMom
Location:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Date:
January 8, 2017
          5.0
 
Love Litchi Fruits Plant
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Great flavor, unique plant.

What are the cons? None

Review:

This isn't a plant for everyone, I happen to love plants that have evolved to protect their wonderful fruits. I think the fruits taste so sweet and yummy, it's worth getting pricked here and there. I use this plant to surround my other plants, it's a great barrier with edible benefits. I've grown this for years and have found that you get nice sweet fruits with lots of rockdust added to the soil.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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7 out of 12 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
kj
Location:
Cameron, NC, United States
Date:
August 20, 2016
          2.0
 
Just my opinion
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? Nothing

What are the cons? Thorns / flavor

Review:

This plant is very hard to handle with all the thorns, and The fruit doesn't have any flavor.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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7 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Farmer Phyl
Location:
Yakima, WA, United States
Date:
August 4, 2016
          1.0
 
Phyllis
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5
 

What are the pros? didn't like anything about it

What are the cons? disliked everything about it

Review:

Have to say this experiment was a big flop. Wicked, wicked, wicked spines on vines and leaves! Berries are very seedy and not that great tasting. Most people who tried it spit it out. Definately not worth the time or space.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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12 out of 13 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

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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