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Chili pepper 'Black Pearl'    

Capsicum annuum longum group

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Black Pearl is part of the Capsicum genus and is a Chili pepper variety. Its scientific name is Capsicum annuum longum group 'Black Pearl'. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Crimson glory. Leaves appear approximately as a   Dark green and   Rich black colour.

A 2006 All-America Selections winner, ‘Black Pearl’ boasts the most dramaticlly deep purple-black leaves and fruit imaginable. The vigorour, bushy plants grow to 18 inches tall and almost as wide.

Black Pearl’s leaves will start out green but will turn black as soon as they hit full sun.

In midseason it begins to display lilac-hued blossoms. The fruit turns from black to crimson as it ripens.

A type of Vegetable, it mainly grows as an Annual plant - which means it typically only grows best for a single growing season. Black Pearl normally grows to a max height of 1.46 feet (45.0 cm metric).

Mexico is believed to be where Black Pearl originates from.

Black Pearl Chili pepper is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Black Pearl have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Black Pearl

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Black Pearl is heat tolerant, and requires minimal water and fertilization during the season.
Fruit continues until frost.

Black Pearl likes a position of full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Black Pearl is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 5 - 12 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Black Pearl needs a loamy and sandy soil with a ph of 7.0 to 8.5 (neutral soil to weakly alkaline soil).

Growing Black Pearl from seed

Needs plenty of sun and warm temperatures for optimal growth. Start seeds indoors 2-3 weeks before your last frost date.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 1.95 inches (5.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.2 inches (0.5 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 18°C / 64°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Black Pearl about 21 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Black Pearl

Plants are ready to go outdoors when the soil temperature reaches 60 degrees F.

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around 16°C / 61°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Black Pearl is a tender plant.

Harvesting Black Pearl

Black Pearl Patent Information

Black Pearl is PVP#200500020 issued to United States Government as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
Date filed: 11/16/2004, Certificate Issued 09/29/2006 Years protected: 20

Chili pepper Black Pearl Etymology

Black Pearl’s name speaks for itself. The fruit is a deep purple-black ball. Tt looks like an oily marble.

Other Names for Chili pepper 'Black Pearl'

Black Pearl

Latest Chili pepper 'Black Pearl' Reviews

  • Stunning ornamental, with glossy dark leaves and marble sized fruits which start at deep purple/black, then ripen to deep red. Good windowsill variety, because it stays compact. Flowers are gorgeous!

    4 stars

    misskittin about growing Chilli "Black Pearl"
  • Great little pepper…more about the ornament than the eating, but that’s fine because it looks SO GOOD. Pure black foliage in full sun topped with violet flowers and black or scarlet peppers.

    4 stars

    angelchrome about growing Pepper 'Black Pearl'

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