How to grow Naranjilla

Naranjilla grow and care – herbaceous shrub of the genus Solanum also known as Solanum quitoense, Naranjilla perennial evergreen or annual plant, can grow in tropic, subtropical, mediterranean, desert or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 11+ as perennial 8+ as annual.

Leaves color green with purple in the bottom or purple vain, some varieties have spines on the leaves.

Flower color white with yellow stamen, there is five petals.

Naranjilla fruits

Fruit edible color green to orange in round shape size can be 2-8 cm, the taste sour with sweet.

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How to grow Naranjilla growing and care:

Warm season (in cold winter will die)

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Sensitive to pests

Planting season:

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, leaf miners, slugs

Pruning season:
Spring / Autumn (in desert)

How to prune:
Infected and dead leaves and stems

Size of the plant?
1-2.5 m, 40-100 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Half Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
All year in tropical in cold winter climate mostly spring to summer and desert in the autumn-winter

General information about the flower
White with yellow stamen, there is five petals

Pollination is done by:

Edible Fruits

Fruit harvest season:
All year in tropical in cold winter climate mostly summer to autumn and desert in the winter to spring

Fruits pests or diseases:
Birds, aphids, ants

What can be done with big quantities of Naranjilla fruits?
Juice, eat raw, jams, cooked, sauce

Work requirements on the fruit:
Pick the fruit

How long does it take to bear fruit?
4-7 Month

Ripening of fruit:
Better to pick before the fruit fully ready when little bit green

Scientific name:

Solanum quitoense

How to grow Naranjilla

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Blooming Seasons
  • Autumn flowers
  • Spring flowers
  • Summer flowers
  • Winter flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Fruit
Culinary uses
  • Cooked
  • Eaten raw
  • Pickles
  • Salad
  • Spreads & Sauces
  • Stuffed or Wrapped
  • Vegetables
Flower colors
  • White flower
  • Yellow flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Spring Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
  • Winter harvest
Leaf color
  • Purple leaf
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental fruit
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Annual plant
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Shrub
Plant Uses
  • Edible plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Big amount of water
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9