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SOLANUM MURICATUM ​Pepino dulce is a small, unarmed, herbaceous plant or bush with a woody base and fibrous roots. Growth is erect or ascending to about 3 feet high and several feet across. It is similar in these respects to a small tomato vine, and like the tomato may need staking or other support. ​Common Names: […]

Strawberry Diseases and Pests

BOTRYTIS (GREY MOULD) Strawberry affected by botrytis or grey mould Grey mould, caused by the fungus Botrytis cinerea, is a very common disease, causing a growth of fuzzy grey mould. It infects many plants, especially those grown where conditions are  so humid. SYMPTOMS  Under humid conditions fuzzy grey mould grows on affected buds, leaves, flowers or […]


During the growing season, give strawberry plants a liquid potash feed – such as a tomato feed – every 7 to 14 days.  Application of  general fertilizer such as grow more at a rate of 50g per sq m  In a heated greenhouse or conservatory, it is possible to bring forward flowering by several weeks, […]

Diseases affecting Oranges

THE GREENING DISEASE Citrus fruits affected by the Greening disease It is caused by a bacterium (Candidatus Liberibacter africanus). The disease is transmitted by citrus psyllids (Trioza erytreae) and through use of budwood obtained from diseased trees. The disease is not soil-borne. It is not seed-borne and it is not mechanically transmitted. Symptoms on the […]


Passion fruits that are mainly grown in Kenya are the purple passion, the yellow passion, giant passion, banana passion and sweet passion. The most common is the purple passion going by scientific name passifloraedullis. DISEASES There are several diseases that affect passion fruits categorized into bacteria diseases, pytoplasma, fungus diseases etc. To view some diseases that can […]


  The orange tree is an evergreen, flowering tree, with an average height of 9 to 10 m (30 to 33 ft), although some very old specimens can reach 15 m (49 ft). Its oval leaves, alternately arranged, are 4 to 10 cm (1.6 to 3.9 in) long and have crenulate margins. Some of the varieties grown in Kenya are Sweet oranges (Citrus sinensis) Limes (C. aurantifolia) Grapefruits (C. […]


Tamarillo best known by the name tree tomatoes in Kenya  is a fast-growing tree that grows up to 5 meters. Peak production is reached after 3-4 years, and the life expectancy is about 12 years. The tree usually forms a single upright trunk with lateral branches. They produce 1 to 6 fruits per cluster. Plants can set fruit without […]


The mango is a juicy stone fruit (drupe) belonging to the genus Mangifera, consisting of numerous tropical fruiting trees, cultivated mostly for edible fruit. The mango is native to South Asia,from where it has been distributed worldwide to become one of the most cultivated fruits in the tropics. Mangoes grown in kenya matures within 4-5 years. ​Description  Mango trees grow up to 35–40 m (115–131 ft) tall, with a crown […]