|I have just bought one of those beautiful Ornamental Black Pearl Pepper plants but it came without care instructions. Can you help?
|Ornamental peppers is the term given to pepper plants that are extremely attractive in the garden, but too hot for most people's taste. Many have been bred recently for their appearance alone. Peppers are heat and sun lovers, so they can provide some color in the garden when other flowers are struggling.
'Black Pearl' has deep purple, almost black leaves and fruits. The leaves will start out green, but once they hit the sun the color quickly deepens. The small black fruits, resembling black pearls, give the plant its name. 'Black Pearl' makes an excellent focal point in a container garden.
'Black Pearl' grows to about 18 inches in height and 12- 16 inches wide. It's a vigorous grower with few pest problems. Water when the top of the soil dries out but it's still moist about a half-inch below the surface. You can feed with a half-strength dilution of water soluable fertilizer (such as Miracle Gro or Peter's) every 3-4 weeks. Your new plant is an annual so expect it to die out when then weather turns cold. In the meantime, enjoy!