Capsicum annuum ‘Black Pearl’

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This ornamental pepper is an award winner with its glossy, dark foliage and black fruit.

Capsicum annuum ‘Black Pearl’ peppers should be planted in moist, rich, well drained soil. To achieve this, add well decomposed compost and fertiliser to your soil when planting. These vigorous, upright plants can reach a height of 45cm and can grow just as wide. To encourage bushiness, pinch out the growing tips while the plant is still young.

The Capsicum annuum ‘Black pearl’ pepper has leaves that start off as green and then turn into dramatic deep purple-black as they get older. To encourage even darker leaves, grow your black pearl in the sun. Semi-shade conditions will not hamper their growth but will encourage slightly greener leaves. Black Pearl can even be grown indoors in a warm spot with bright light.

Although Black pearl peppers are heat and high humidity tolerant they still require regular watering especially when it is dry and hot in the summer months.

Small bright purple flowers appear from early summer and black pearl-like peppers will appear after these flowers have dropped. As these small, round peppers mature the plant truly starts to show off its ornamental value as the fruit changes from black to contrasting cherry red. This fruit, although highly ornamental, is edible but not for the faint hearted. The fruit is said to be extremely hot so caution should be taken when handling the plants and the fruit.

With its contrasting foliage and fruit Capsicum ‘Black Pearl’ is a sizzling contender for use in gardens. It will provide a stunning contrast to silver and white foliage plants in beds, is very well suited to containers and of course for those that dare, provide a serious zing to food dishes.

Eastern Cape Stockists:

Floradale Nursery – Port Elizabeth
Floradale Nursery – East London
Red Leaf Nursery – Port Alfred
Builders Express East London
Builders Express – Jeffreys Bay
Builders Express – Knysna
Builders Express – Newton Park
Builders Express – Queenstown
Builders Express – Uitenhage
Builders Express – Walmer
Builders Express – Walker drive
Builders Warehouse – Port Elizabeth

Free State Stockists:

Alma Kwekery – Welkom
Bruwer Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Builders Warehouse Bloemfontein
Greenside Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Harrismith Kwekery – Harrismith
Plants@Preller – Bloemfontein
Platberg Nursery – Harrismith
Pretty Garden Tuinsentrum – Bloemfontein
Urth Garden Centre – Bloemfontein

Gauteng Stockists:

4 Seasons Nursery – Heidelberg
Colourful Splendour – Craighall Park
Garden Pavilion – Brandmullers
Garden Pavilion – Eckards
Garden Pavilion – Sunkist
GardenShop Broadacres
GardenShop Bryanston
GardenShop Flora Farm
GardenShop Menlo Park
GardenShop Parktown North
Lifestyle Home Garden – Randburg
Montrose Nursery – Morningside
Plant Paradise Garden Centre – Pretoria
Safari Tuinsentrum – Pretoria
Schaffler’s Nursery – Johannesburg

Limpopo Stockists:

Garden Pavilion – Sterkloop

Mpumalanga Stockists:

Garden Pavilion – Montana
Garden Pavilion – White River

North West Stockists:

Clarks Tuinsentrum – Lichtenburg
Garden Pavilion – Potchefstroom

Western Cape Stockists:

Cape Garden – Joostenbergvlakte
Cape Garden – Somerset West
Cape Garden – Stellenbosch
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – Rosebank
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – West Coast Village
Stodels – Bellville
Stodels – Constantia
Stodels – Kenilworth
Stodels – Milnerton
Stodels – Somerset West
Builders Express – Kenilworth
Builders Express – Stellenbosch
Builders Express – Willowbridge
Builders Warehouse – Cape Gate
Builders Warehouse – City
Builders Warehouse – Constantiaberg
Builders Warehouse – George
Builders Warehouse – Helderberg
Builders Warehouse – Table View
Builders Warehouse – Tygerberg

**Please note that not all stockists will have every plant featured**

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