BELLINGRATH GARDENS ,PEPPER SEEDS Capsicum annuum-Ornamental
hot; Pequin/Piquin; 0.75 to 1 inches long by 0.25 to 0.375 inches wide; medium thin flesh; matures from greenish purple to orange to red; pendant pods; green, purple & white leaves; 24 to 30 inches tall; Mid Season (70-80 days); Uses: Ornamental; C.annuum. they actually have a medium heat level as they average 5,000 to 30,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). The cone-like peppers are smaller than the Black Pearl pepper, which are round like a pearl. The heat level of the Black Prince pepper is similar to the Pequin pepper, Tabasco pepper, and Black Cobra pepper.
A beautiful addition to any garden, the pepper is a very popular choice for ornamental pepper growers. ONE OF THE most exciting thing to happen to Ornamental Peppers in a long time! The leaves are pure black, the fruit matures from black to deep red, and the growth is vigorous and bushy -- perfect for containers as well as the garden! Show off all your silver-, blue-, and yellow-leafed plants with this ebony beauty!
In spring the leaves open with greenish streaks, but quickly turn a rich, glossy black as the weather warms. Very well-branched, this upright little plant makes a good showing alone in a container or as part of a mixed foliage or flower-and-foliage design. The black leaves just make every color brighter and bolder!
About 14 to 18 inches high and 12 to 16 inches wide, Black Pearl sets masses of 3/4-inch fruit that is rounded with a point at the base. The fruit emerges black, then ripens to a rich, deep red. Like all Peppers, it's edible, though VERY hot. You may choose to leave it on the plant, as I do, both for its beauty and to keep pests at bay.
Ornamental Peppers are really coming into their own these days! If you like the looks of Black Pearl, you'll want to try the unusual pale green-and-white-leafed Variegated variety, too. And Explosive Ember offers purple foliage with blooms of violet, white, and purple! A planting of all 3 is absolutely stunning. out 8 to 12 inches apart.
- wear gloves
- Always wash your hands even after you take your gloves off
- Have some lime juice to dump on your hands if they are burning as it's said to relieve the burning
- Never rub any sensitive area like your eyes and so forth.
- before you take your gloves off besure you are completely finished at what you are doing
- sometimes double up on your gloves as the burn can still find its way in at times
Sow seeds indoors about ¼" deep. Peppers germinate best in warm soil, so gentle bottom heat may be helpful until seedlings emerge. Wait to transplant outdoors until the soil is warm.