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Piper nigrum - Black Pepper

In Winter a delay in delivery may appear because of night temperature! The weight of the plant in kg corresponds with the capacity of the pot in liter. The displayed gross amount may vary depending on the country of delivery due to different sales tax regulations.

Black Pepper originates from the coast of an Indian subcontinent. The long-living, head-high, heat-demanding plants are cultivated like beans on a long stick or a stick-pyramid. A distinctive feature of the plant are its sleek, glossy and slightly succulent leaves with parallel leaf vernation. The green-yellow flowers are inconspicuos and anly consist of filaments and pistils without petals or sepals. In midsummer, the flowers line up to 8 to 12 cm long hanging panicles. For impollination it is best to have two plants because with a single Black Pepper it might come to incompatibility of pollen or time differences. The flowers are pollinated by insects (or, in a wintergarden, can be pollinated with a paintbrush) and ripen to round, app. 5 mm big seeds that are red when ripe. They are either processed to green pepper - these are the still unripe fruits that have been pickled in brine. By drying the fully ripe fruits these become black: that’s what we usually grind in a pepper mill. For white pepper, the exteriour peel is removed. All three kinds of pepper get their acerbity from the content of Piperin.

punkt_gruen.gif Quality: worldwide known spice; delicate climber with little space requirement; robust, tropical fruit plant
punkt_gruen.gif Use: all-year in a heated wintergarden or bright room

Height0,5 - 1 m
FamilyPiperaceae
OriginAsia (tropic)
Flowering periodSummer
Color of flowersyellow
FruitsSpice Plant
Fragrance-
GrowthClimber
Locationsunny
winter temperature20 (±5)°C
Minimum temperature3 °C
Hardiness Zones10

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