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Black Pepper Plant/Vine

The black pepper plant, scientifically known as Piper nigrum, is a tropical climbing vine primarily cultivated for its fruit, commonly used as a spice. They are self pollinating.

  • Black pepper plants thrive in tropical climates with temperatures between 24°C to 29°C. These warm loving plants will stop growing when temps drop below 18° C and do not tolerate frost; as such, they make great container plants.
  • Situate in full sun with 50 percent or greater humidity, or inside the house or greenhouse if your region does not fit these criteria. Feed the plant moderately with a 10-10-10 fertilizer in the amount of 5 mL.) per 4 L. of water every one to two weeks, excluding winter months when feeding should cease.
  • Water thoroughly and consistently. Do not allow to dry out too much or overwater since peppercorn plants are susceptible to root rot. To stimulate peppercorn production, keep the plant under bright light and warm (18 C.)
    Takes 3_4 years to flower.
  • They require high humidity and well-distributed rainfall.
  • Container Growing: Black pepper plants can be grown in containers, but they require a trellis or support for climbing. Use a well-draining potting mix and ensure the container has drainage holes. We recommend using a Root Stimulating pot as it has excellent drainage. Remember, growing black pepper requires patience, as it takes a few years for the plant to reach maturity and start producing a significant harvest. 
  • PLEASE NOTE: Imported Tropical Trees are small in size:
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Soil:

Well-draining soil with rich organic content is ideal. Slightly acidic soil with a pH between 5.5 and 7.0 is required. One bag of acid compost added to your soil should be sufficient.

Position: 

Black pepper plants require partial shade to full sunlight.

They can be grown under the shade of taller trees or in areas with filtered sunlight. As they are natural climbers, provide support structures for the vines to climb.

Watering: 

Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Adequate irrigation is crucial, especially during dry periods.

Fertilising: 

It is advisable to regularly provide your plants with a balanced fertiliser, especially during their growing season. Organic compost can also improve soil fertility. You can use one teaspoon of our slow-release fertilizer every 4-5 months. Allow the plant roots to absorb what they need.

Pruning: 

Prune the vine to encourage branching and to control the growth. Regular pruning helps maintain the plant’s shape and promotes air circulation.

Harvesting: 

Black pepper plants usually start producing fruit after 3-4 years. Harvest the green berries when they are still unripe for black pepper or allow them to ripen for white pepper. Drying the harvested berries in the sun or through a controlled process is essential.

Pests and Diseases: 

Common pests include aphids, mites, and caterpillars. Watch out for diseases like root rot and fungal infections, especially in excess moisture conditions.

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 20 × 20 × 50 cm
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