Cyphomandra : Greenhouse Plants
W – warm, minimum of 13°C (55°F)
Cyphomandra betacea, the Tree Tomato from Brazil, is an interesting plant to grow from seed as it can produce fruit in its second year. These are attractive and are like egg-shaped tomatoes which are mottled green and red before turning red. They are supposed to have the flavour of a tomato but I have found them to be disappointing when eaten raw. Perhaps tree tomato chutney would be an improvement. You will need some space to grow this as it can reach 4 m (12 ft). It is better to train a branching plant by pinching out the tips of the growths. This way it should fruit as a smaller plant. The leaves are large, soft and rather prone to attack by whitefly.