DESERT RAISIN 'KUTJERA' BUSH TOMATO (Solanum centrale) SEEDS 'Bush Tucker Plant'

DESERT RAISIN 'KUTJERA' BUSH TOMATO (Solanum centrale) SEEDS 'Bush Tucker Plant'

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THIS BUSH FOOD PLANT IS NATIVE TO ARID REGIONS OF AUSTRALIA, AND GROWS TO A SMALL SHRUB WITH PALE YELLOW-GREEN LEAVES. THE BUSH PRODUCES PURPLE FLOWERS FROM LATE SUMMER TO SPRING, FOLLOWED BY THE EDIBLE SMALL FRUITS, WHICH ARE YELLOW WHEN RIPE AND DRY TO BROWN ON THE BUSH, RESEMBLING RAISINS. 

THE FRUITS ARE RICH IN VITAMIN C AND HAVE A FLAVOUR DESCRIBED AS SIMILAR TO TAMARILLO AND CARAMEL. GREEN OR UNRIPE FRUITS ARE TOXIC.

BUSH TOMATO IS CLOSELY RELATED TO THE TYPICAL GARDEN TOMATO, BOTH BEING MEMBERS OF THE SOLANUM FAMILY. IT IS A FAST GROWING SHRUB THAT FRUITS PROLIFICALLY.

PREFERS A WELL-DRAINED SOIL IN AN WARM OPEN SUNNY POSITION, TOLERATES DRY CONDITIONS ONCE ESTABLISH BUT PRODUCES EXTENDED FRUITING IF AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF WATER IS PROVIDE. DROUGHT RESISTANT AND MODERATELY FROST TOLERANT.

THE PLANT CAN ALSO REGROW FROM DORMANT ROOT STOCK AFTER PERIODS OF DROUGHT. MAIN PLANT PRODUCES UNDERGROUND SUCKERS. 

SEED WILL BENEFIT GREATLY FROM SMOKE TREATMENT FOR GERMINATION. 

THE PLANT NEEDS VERY LITTLE WATER.

FROST TOLERANCE: TOLERATES LIGHT FROST
SPECIAL USES: EDIBLE, FAST GROWING
ATTRACTS WILDLIFE: BEES, BUTTERFLIES, OTHER INSECTS
HEIGHT: 0.1 ~ 0.5 METRES
WIDTH: 0.1 ~ 0.3 METRES
FLOWER COLOUR: PURPLE
FLOWERING TIME: SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN
PH LEVEL: ACID, NEUTRAL
SOIL TYPE: SANDY, SANDY LOAM, POOR SOIL
PLANT ENVIRONMENT: LOW MAINTENANCE GARDEN, DROUGHT RESISTANT
CLIMATE ZONE: WARM TEMPERATE, MEDITERRANEAN, SEMI-ARID, ARID
LIGHT: SUNNY, LIGHT SHADE
PLANTING SEASON: SPRING
GROWTH HABIT: EVERGREEN, OPEN FOLIAGE