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Capsicum annuum (Crerasiforme Group)

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KAP-sih-kum AN-yoo-um
Description

The Cerasiforme group is cherry pepper.  A pod-shaped pepper resembling a round fleshy cherry.  Its hotness ranges from mild to medium.  In addition to this pepper registering on the heat scale, they are also mildly sweet.  The young yellow to green fruit turns red as it ripens.  They are most often used as a garnish, but as well as for pickling or brining.

Adding compost to the soil will benefit your growing plant.  Water well, but ensure that drainage is sufficient.  Adding sand or perlite to the soil will improve drainage.  The best-growing conditions include very warm soil.  A few weeks before planting, cover the ground with black plastic.  That will warm the soil, giving the new plants the benefit of a warm climate.  

Insects, Diseases ad Other Plant Problems: Wilt, root rot, bacterial leaf spot, powdery mildew, pod rot, and black mold may affect this plant. Insects causing damage include aphids, flea beetles, spider mites, thrips, leaf miners, root know nematodes, armyworms, pepper hornworms, pepper weevils, and cutworms.

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Gypsy'
    Hungarian Pepper; is spicy.
'Gypsy'
Tags:
#houseplant#edible plant#interiorscape#vegetable garden#edible fruits#vegetable#edible
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Gypsy'
    Hungarian Pepper; is spicy.
'Gypsy'
Tags:
#houseplant#edible plant#interiorscape#vegetable garden#edible fruits#vegetable#edible
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Capsicum
    Species:
    annuum
    Family:
    Solanaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South and Central America
    Play Value:
    Edible fruit
    Edibility:
    Fruits are edible
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Edible
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Houseplant
    Vegetable
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    Colorful berry yellow or purple
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Description:
    White flowers appear in the axils of leaves
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Nodes may have a purple color.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Specimen