Aromatic plants

Pink pepper plant

When to irrigate

Pink pepper is a plant native to some South American territories (Peru, Chile and Bolivia), in fact it is also known by the name of Peruvian pepper or false pepper. It can also be grown in the hottest areas of Europe or Africa. Its height can exceed fifteen meters and its large foliage is very reminiscent of that of weeping willows. The name attributed to this plant is due to the pink color of its fruits. Being a tropical plant, it also resists long periods of drought, although to ensure abundant flowering and fruiting, it is advisable to water the plant regularly, especially if it has been planted less than three years ago. If rainfall occurs during this period, you can also avoid watering it periodically. After the first three years of growth,

How to care for the plant

The pink pepper plant prefers soils with excellent sun exposure, even if they resist very well even at low temperatures. If the climate drops below zero degrees, it is advisable to protect the tree as best as possible. Having a very wide and thick crown, it is advisable to carry out small pruning operations on the innermost branches, in order to allow sunlight and wind to circulate better and reach all the internal parts of the foliage. If the pink pepper plantgrows healthily, it should begin to bear fruit around the fourth year of age. Pink pepper is a very popular food (especially in the American continent) and is often used as an aroma, thanks to its characteristic flavor similar to common pepper. It is also used to perfume sauces and goes well with cheeses, vegetables and fish.

How to fertilize

The pink pepper plant, like all fruit plants, needs proper fertilization to allow it to grow healthily. Generally it is recommended to plant the tree in well-drained soil, even if the tree does not prefer any particular surface. The fruits of the pink pepper tree mature during the autumn season, so to allow a qualitatively better harvest it is advisable to fertilize the earth periodically. Fertilization is concentrated above all during the periods of vegetative growth of the tree, that is in the final period of spring and during the autumn one. For the fertilization phase of the pink pepper plant it is advisable to use an abundant quantity of floured manure, fed by a common fertilizer for fruit plants poor in nitrogen.

Pink Pepper Plant: Preventing Diseases

The pink pepper plant is a very resistant tree, able to withstand even very low temperatures (although it generally prefers mild climates). However, like other fruit plants, it can be prone to attack by pests or diseases if it is not taken care of. The greatest threat to pink pepper plants is root rot caused by poor soil drainage or waterlogging. The structure of the tree allows it to fight, without the use of chemical agents, parasites such as cochineal (an insect that absorbs the sap from plants until they weaken) or aphids (also called plant lice) that weaken the structure of the plant causing many problems.

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