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Black Pearl Ornamental Pepper Seeds

Black Pearl Ornamental Pepper Seeds

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With its distinctive, semi-glossy, deep purple to black leaves, and scores of shiny round black fruit, it is easy to see why 'Black Pearl' won the AAS award. As the plant matures, the black peppers turn red, adding new color and interest. Peppers are edible, but extremely hot (over 30,000 Scoville heat units). Exceptionally heat and drought tolerant.

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  • Variety Info
  • Sowing Info
  • Growing Info

Variety Info

Family: Solanaceae

Type: Over 30000 Scoville Units, Ornamental Pepper (Learn more)

Native: Americas

Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 9 and warmer, grown as an annual in other climates; very frost sensitive.

Exposure: Full sun

Bloom Period: Mid- to late summer, continuing until first frost

Plant Dimensions: 14"–18" tall

Variety Info: Lilac flowers give way to ⅜" shiny, round green fruits that turn to a deep purple/black, and then red as the plant matures.

Attributes: Cut Flower, Good for Containers, Drought Tolerant, Frost Sensitive

Sowing Info

When to Sow Outside: Not recommended due to long maturing time.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before transplanting. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–90°F. Transplant seedlings outside 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date, and when daytime temperatures are at least 70°F, and nighttime temperatures are at least 55°F. Mild Climates: May be sown in late summer for fall/winter crop.

Days to Emerge: 10–25 days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: Start indoors

Thinning: Start indoors, plant 12"–24" apart outside

Growing Info

Harvesting: When harvesting, take care to avoid touching the interior of any broken peppers, as the capsaicin is an extreme irritant, especially to the eyes. Wash hands thoroughly after harvesting or wear gloves to harvest peppers.