Tree Tomato (Cyphomandra Betacea) 15 seeds (#865)

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Tree Tomato (Cyphomandra Betacea) 15 seeds (#865)

Exotic, juicy fruits, for pots and balcony cultures.
Tropical plant, grows outside in hardiness zones 8-11. In cooler climates, favorite as an inside evergreen plant.
The tree tomato is always green, tree-like and has a very big leaves. The taste of the fruits distantly remind of tomatoes. Not so ripe fruits taste bitter-sweet, overripe fruits are nasty. The fruits can be used freshly or boiled.
The tree tomato should be overwintered at more than +10C.

Genus - Cyphomandra
Species - Betacea
Common name - Tree Tomato
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Plant type - Shrub or small tree, inside plant
Vegetation type - Evergreen deciduous
Hardiness zones - 3 - 11
Exposure - Full Sun
Height - 7-10' / 2-3 m
Spread - 13' / 4 m
Growth rate - Fast
Leaf / Flower color - Green / White-pink
Soil PH - acid, neutral and basic (alkaline)
Soil type - light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained
Water requirements - High
Landscape uses - Edible tomato like fruits. Makes and excellent container plant in cold climates.

Propagating cyphomandra betacea from seed is quite straight forward. But some recommendations:
Germination is accelerated by placing washed and dried seed in a freezer for 24 hours before planting out.
Surface sow the seeds on sterile compost. Place in a heated propagator, because the temperature shoudl be +24-+26C all the time.  
Germination slow - 20-40 days. be patient. Keep moist and warm.
Water the newly germinated tree tomato seedlings sparingly at first. The stems are prone to rot if over watered. This can also happen to more mature plants growing in the ground.  If watering is withheld the plant will usually recover.
The tree tomato should be overwintered at more than +10C.

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