By MEREDITH KIRTON
Tamarillo (Cyphomandra betacea)
The tree tomato, or tamarillo, is a fast growing fruit tree perfect for the backyard as it only gets about 3m tall and fruits beautifully after only 3 years. The pendulous fruit either are red or yellow and hang in their multitudes from late summer.
Tamarillos can be grown from seeds, or planted as young potted saplings to save time. Plant in any sunny, well draining and frost protected position. They also benefit from wind protection, as the stems are quite brittle and can even snap under the weight of their fruit if their not staked.
Feed with a mulch of well rotted animal manure and watch for fruit fly, as their thin skin doesn’t offer much resistance. Water well in summer and cover at night in cold zones to help it over winter.
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