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Old 06-23-2012, 08:53 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Default Re: Naranjilla (Solanum quitoense)

Originally Posted by mbfirey View Post
Both of my seedlings have lots of thorns- does anyone think that I could get fruit overwintering them inside my sunroom?
One of Julia Morton's observations was that the plants in the wild are thorny, while after a few years of cultivation and seed harvesting the thorns (except on leaf spines) all but disappear. I have also read about a close relative of S. quitoense that is inherently thorny.

Growing and fruiting it in your sun room is a real possibility, especially if there is both side and some overhead exposure to the sun. If you give it a large container to grow in and year-round tropical environs it is a little shop of horrors.
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