Easy Ways of Growing Black Peppercorn Plants
Did you know that black pepper actually contains a good amount of nutrients? For example, 1 tablespoon of grounded black pepper comes with a decent amount of calcium, iron, and magnesium. You’ll gain even greater benefits if you grow your own organic black pepper plants. In this article, we look at several tips you can make use of to grow black pepper plants in your garden.
1. A strong structure
The vines of the peppercorn plant can get really longer. In some cases, they can reach three to four meters! Therefore, you’ll want to make sure you have a proper structure in place to support the growth of the peppercorn vines. There are plenty of great support structures you can purchase online such as the Greenstone Arch Arbor. If you plan to grow black pepper plants indoors then you may want to get a pot trellis instead.
2. Warm temperature
Black pepper plants won’t grow properly in temperatures below sixty degrees. Therefore, make sure you check the weather often if you live in an area where the temperature fluctuates often. You’ll either need to bring the plants indoor or wrap the plant with a special wrap when the weather gets colder. Your plant should also receive plenty of direct sunlight once the seeds germinate.
3. Apply organic fertilizer
Make sure your black pepper plant is receiving plenty of nutrients by applying liquid fertilizer on a consistent basis. You don’t have to apply it to your garden every day. Once every two weeks should be enough to keep your plant healthy over the long run.
Like any other plants, peppercorn can attract a lot of pest so make sure you have adequate measures in place to keep them away. If you are dealing with furry creatures like groundhogs then the best solution is to put a cage around your garden bed. If you are dealing with small insects then you may want to set up small jar traps around your garden.