The Q&A Archives: Outdoor Care for Jerusalem Cherry on Long Island (NY)

Question: Can a Jerusalem Cherry plant be planted outside on Long Island, NY? What is its growth habit? Paul Michael Setauket, NY

Answer: The Jerusalem Cherry or Christmas Cherry, Solanum pseudocapsicum, could probably be grown as an outside potted plant brought in before frost or dug into the ground and repotted in the fall. The plants need to be kept cool and evenly, but not overly moist. Inside this would include misting the foliage. In summer it bears small white flowers that are followed by scarlet or yellow berries that remain on the plant for several months. After the flowers have set fruit, dilute liquid fertilizer should begiven twice weekly. The plant will require an annual trimming to encourage new side shoots and flowers.

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