Pepino Dulce

Pepino Dulce

The Pepino Dulce is a small herbaceous shrub originating from the temperate Andean regions of Colombia, Peru and Chile. It makes an excellent ground cover plant with its sprawling growth habit and rarely exceeds 1m in height and 1.5m across. In many aspects, growing Pepino Dulce is very similar to the tomato vine. In appearance, the foliage and flowers are much like the potato plant. The fruits are rather diverse in shape and size, some being pear or heart shaped whilst others resemble a melon with a more rounded shape. These small-satin like fruits vary in colour from golden yellow to apricot and are often streaked with purple stripes.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Relatively hardy plant which does best in warm, frost free climates.

    Plants will survive light freezes as long as the freeze is not prolonged.

    Prefers a sunny or semi-shaded position.

    Tolerant to most soil types, the best results are when plants are grown in a fertile, free draining, neutral soil.

    Even though it is cultivated as a free standing bush, some growers prefer to grow over a trellis or support frame which also prevents the weight of the fruit from pulling the plant down.

    Established bushes show some tolerance to drought stress, but usually this will affect yields.

    Plants are shallow rooted and are sensitive to moisture stress.

    Unless trained to a trellis, pruning is not necessary.

    When planted out, provide a spacing of 80cm-1m between bushes.

    The small size of this shrub means that it is ideal for growing in containers and pots.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Planting

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 2 cups (200g)

    Commercial Use: 250g/site

    Comments: Apply as a band 5cm below seed or young sapling, well worked in prior to planting.


    Stage: Side Dress

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 1–2½ cups (200-500g)

    Commercial Use: 500g

    Comments: Spread evenly around the shrub but not place directly against the base of the plant. Apply in spring and again in mid-summer.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.