Aromatic plants

Pink pepper tree

Irrigation and multiplication

The pink pepper tree tolerates drought periods well, especially once it has stabilized, but to obtain abundant flowering it is necessary to irrigate often, especially in the first two years after transplanting the plant and if we live in southern Italy. Even in the absence of precipitation it is advisable to provide watering. After these years, the pink pepper tree could be considered practically autonomous. As for the multiplication of the plant, during the spring we proceed with the sowing of small dark seeds, mixing them with peat and sand in equal parts. Pink pepper seeds germinate with difficulty, so it is preferable to sow as many as possible in order to have some seedlings. In summer, you could also take some woody cuttings.

Fertilization and pruning


The pink pepper tree prefers a fairly poor soil, but it is still advisable to bury a good amount of mature manure at the foot of the trunk, a couple of times a year, during autumn and spring. If desired, we can also add some granular fertilizer specific for fruit trees. As for pruning, it is not necessary, but, if it becomes a problem for reasons of space or safety, it becomes useful to know that this plant tolerates even the most severe pruning, rejecting vigorously. We could simply limit ourselves to pruning the central fronds, in such a way as to let the light and air pass inside its foliage. A fact remains that it would be better not to spoil her elegant natural hair.

Cultivation


The pepper plantrosa is quite easy to grow and is very suitable for areas with a temperate climate and an alkaline pH soil. It has a very fast growth and in a few years it can reach seven meters in height and almost never causes concern. It must be planted in well-drained soil, preferably with percentages of sand and river gravel to exclude the risk of water stagnation. There is talk of a truly tolerant plant with no special needs. It adapts well to soils poor in nutrients with a limited content of organic matter. It lives well even in case of high salinity, both in the air and in the ground, in fact it is often cultivated in coastal areas. Planting can be done at any time of the year, excluding only the coldest months and when the earth is very wet.

Pink Pepper Tree: Curiosities and Medicinal Uses


In South America it is common to transplant pink pepper plants into vegetable gardens and orchards as the aroma of the leaves is able to keep plant pests away, thus helping to protect the rest of the crop. At the same time, the flowers are very popular with bees who work by pollinating the other fruit trees planted in the area. The plant produces a fragrant resin in quantity, which the natives used for medicinal purposes especially in case of tooth pain or gum infections, or to color the tissues orange. Once macerated, the foliage and flowers were used to soothe rheumatism and muscle pains. Modern science has shown that this very useful tree has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

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