Pepino melons are sweet and attract many pests including fruit flies, different worms and beetles. The best way to prevent the Pepino being ruined by pest attacks is to ensure healthy growth of your crop, healthy plants can withstand insect attacks. Healthy soil as well as full sun exposure to partial shade in a frost-free environment can keep your Pepino healthy, delicious and safe.
- the insects that feed on pepino melons are generally those that feed on members of the Solanaceae family, which includes tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant.
- Technically, pepino melons are perennials, but they are usually grown as annuals due to their sensitivity not only to cold temps but to diseases and pests as well
- Pepinos can grow up a trellis to maximize garden space. The plant’s root system is spread out and shallow, so pepinos are sensitive to moisture stress and not drought tolerant.
“As with anything, a healthy plant is more likely to withstand a mild insect or disease attack. Plant pepino melon in full sun to partial shade in a frost free area that is sheltered from wind, ideally next to a southern exposure wall or on a patio.”