COWS UDDER TITTY FRUIT SO UNUSUAL! LASTS FOR WEEKS IN A VASE! USED TO POISON AND REPEL COCKROACHES! $3.50

SOLANUM MAMMOSUM IS AN ORNIMENTAL PLANT THAT IS ALSO CALLED THE NIPPLE FRUIT OR COW’S UDDER PLANT IS SIMPLY SPOOKTACULAR! USED TO POISON AND REPEL COCKROACHES IN TROPICAL AMERICA, IT HAS CRAZILY SHAPED FRUITS AND AN ATTRACTIVE LOOK. BRANCHES WITH THE BRIGHT FRUIT ATTACHED ARE OFTEN USED IN FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS.

Originating in the Caribbean and widespread across the West Indian islands, S. mammosum, commonly known as the Nipple Fruit, has become a popular ornamental plant across tropical America. Recognizable by its distinct protuberances, the fruits of Solanum Mammosum rank among the largest within the Solanum genus.

While some specimens feature spines, others do not. Documented extensively, its utilization as a cockroach poison has contributed to its proliferation among tribes throughout tropical America, as noted by Nee (1979).

Although sparsely found in Africa, particularly failing to naturalize in Ghana where the fruits are deemed poisonous (Bukenya & Hall, Bothalia 18: 83, 1988), Mansfeld (2001) highlights its potential as a source of solasodine for medicinal purposes and glycoalkaloids for schistosomiasis control.

Distribution:

  • Native to the West Indies, it is also cultivated in various regions including the US, India, Hong Kong, and Australia.
  • Its cultivation extends to Panama, Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru.
  • Additionally, it is cultivated as an ornamental and found in Ghana, Burundi, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.

The stems and fruits of this plant hold great appeal to florists for their unique appearance, making them a captivating addition to floral arrangements that can endure for weeks in a vase. They are often made into small animals using googly eyes and decorated in baskets and in built into huge decorative towers in their native lands.

 

Grow Notes
Place in a location that receives full sun. Give them a feed with Osmocote or Dynamic Lifter (Chicken manure pellets) twice a year and water regularly as they have a high-water requirement and will wilt easily, so don’t let them dry out totally.

Sow
Sow your seeds on a well-drained medium such as 75% sand and 25% Peat moss, or a potting mix with 50% coarse sand added to it. Just cover the seed with a sieved layer of sand or potting mix.

Keep them in a very bright, filtered light location and maintain consistent moisture levels, not sopping wet, just nice and moist.

When the seedlings reach 2-3 cm high, carefully transplant them to 5 cm pots using a well-draining potting medium. Add a pinch only of Osmocote or similar to each pot and water well. Keep your plants in very bright filtered light and do not let them dry out.

Germination
It may take up to a month for all the seed to germinate, don’t throw them out!

Maturity
Give your plant a good hard prune yearly to thicken it up, the more branches the more fruit so don’t be afraid to nip the tips of the branches off now and then.

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