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Solanum sessiflorum - Cocona - 20 Seeds
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Solanum sessiflorum - Cocona - 20 Seeds


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Solanum sessiflorum - Cocona

This listing is for 20 seeds of this South American native, relative to the tomato.

Solanum sessiliflorum or Cocona is a tropical shrub belonging to the Solanaceae family. The cocona plant has sturdy branches and huge, serrate and hairy leaves. Cocona closely resembles a number of close relatives, including naranjilla and pseudolulo. It can be distinguished from those plants by its lack of spines. It will hybridize with those and other close relatives. Cocona also lacks the characteristic purple coloring usually seen in the naranjilla. Its flowers resemble large potato flowers, with light green petals. Cocona is harvested in parts of South America around the Amazon rainforest such as Purús Province in eastern Peru.

The fruit of cocona is a red, orange or yellow edible berry. Cocona is native to the Andean region of South America, where it is occasionally cultivated for human consumption.
Described with a taste between a lemon and a tomato.

Cocona can also be grown as an indoor ornamental plant in temperate climates. During summer, it can be grown outside or in a cold greenhouse. When grown from seed, coconas can bear fruit in as little as 9 months, or as long as 24.

Like the pepino, the Cocona performs best in a warm, relatively frost-free climates. The plant can survive a low temperature of -2.5°C (27 to 28°F) if the freeze is very short, though it may drop many of its leaves. Like its close relatives, the species is a long lived perennial. The Cocona does adapt very well to greenhouse cultivation, where it should be treated like a tomato.

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