Although grown in vegetable gardens for many years, peppers are becoming increasingly popular as ornamentals.
‘Black Pearl’ is most noted for its glossy black foliage and its black-maturing-to-red fruit. It grows vigorously in an upright bushy mound to 0.50 m tall and 0.30 m wide. Ovate leaves (to 7-8 cm long) emerge green but quickly turn shiny black. Leaves retain good color throughout the growing season.
Small purple flowers appear in clusters in summer, but are not particularly ornamental. Flowers are followed by small, round, pearl-like, black fruit (~2 cm in diameter) that matures to cherry red. Fruits are pointed at the base. Fruits are technically edible but extremely hot.
2006 All-America Selection winner.
Easily grown in moist, organically rich, fertile, well-drained soils in full sun. Pinch young plants to promote bushiness. Start seed indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date.
"Black Pearl's’ black foliage color best occurs in full sun.
Plants have good tolerance for high heat and humidity. Plants generally need little pruning.Good for bedding, edging, containers, window boxes and houseplants.
Information source: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org
Genus - Capsicum
Species - Annuum
Variety - Black Pearl
Common name - Pepper Ornamental
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Plant type - Annual
Hardiness zones - 4 - 10
Exposure - Full Sun
Height - 0,50 m
Spread - 0,30 m
Growth rate - Fast
Leaf / Flower color - Purple / August - October
Soil PH - Acid, neutral
Soil type - Moist, organically rich, fertile, well-drained
Water requirements - Average, high
Landscape uses - Bedding, edging, containers, window boxes and houseplants
1. Sow from February to April indoors in individual trays of moist compost.
2. Sow thinly and cover with a fine layer of compost. Cover with glass, polythene or propagator lid.
3. Keep at +15-+20C. Seedlings appear in 7-21 days.
4. Remove cover when seedlings appear.
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