The Tamarillo is a popular fruit that is commonly grown in gardens and small orchards throughout many sub-tropical regions around the world. Native to the Andes, the Tamarillo is a fast growing, small, attractive, evergreen shrub which forms as a single upright trunk with lateral branches from which the flowers and fruits hang. Flowers form in clusters of pink and white and so does the red fruits. The fruits are egg shaped, varying from yellow, orange, red and almost purple. The tamarillo is best described as tasting somewhere between a passionfruit and a tangy tomato.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Generally, tamarillo will grow in the same climate zones as wherever citrus will.

    Prefers full sun except in hot, dry areas, where partial shade is better.

    Grows best in light, deep, fertile soils.

    Needs protection from winds as the shallow root system does not give the plant enough stability, meaning lateral branches can break easily if they are holding fruit.

    The tamarillo is intolerant to frost. In areas where there are frosts you may need to provide overhead protection.

    Water standing for short periods (a few days) may even be fatal for plants.

    The tamarillo will not tolerate extended drought and must be given ample water supplies during dry spells.

    Plants can be quite drought sensitive so it is wise to mulch around the plant to maintain moisture in the soil.

    Tamarillo is suitable for growing as an indoor container plant.

    If growing several plants, provide planting distances of 1-1.5m apart within the row and 4-5m between rows. In the traditional growing regions, much denser distances are used as a strategy to protect trees against winds.

    Prune newly planted trees to 1m high to encourage denser branching. Since fruits are produced on new growth of wood, each spring give a light prune to induce ample new shoots.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Pre-plant

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 1-2 cups (200-400g)

    Commercial Use: Up to 500g

    Comments: Apply to each plant site 2 - 3 weeks prior to planting. Broadcast and work in well.


    Stage: Young & Mature Trees

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 2-8 cups (0.4-1.6kg)

    Commercial Use: Up to 2kg

    Comments: Apply half of this rate in early spring and the other half in mid summer. Start with the minimum amount and increase according to plant growth.

    A late winter application of superphosphate (approx. 200g) proves to be rather beneficial.


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.