Black Pearl Ornamental Pepper
The Black Pearl Ornamental Pepper is the first of its kind for ornamental peppers and an All American Selection winner in 2006. Compact plants have semi-glossy, dark purple to true black leaves with pearl-like, bubbly clusters of 1/2" fruits that start out shiny black, eventually maturing to red. The Black Pearl Ornamental Pepper is a vibrant, unique accent to a bedding or container garden. Peppers are edible but very hot. Grows 16-20 inches.
Germination: 7-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 75-85ºF. Cooler soil temperatures slow germination time.
Seed Sowing Depth: ¼” deep
Starting Indoors: 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Sow in flats/cells/pots. Provide 75-85ºF soil temperatures. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water-soluble fertilizer (diluted to ¼ of suggested measurement). Transplant seedlings 18-24” apart after the last frost.
Sowing Outdoors: Not recommended, especially in northern areas
Tips: Pinch-off early flowers or tiny fruit on any seedlings before placing them in the ground. The Black Pearl Ornamental Pepper should be planted in fertile soil and amended with compost if needed.