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Capsicum annuum 'Zimbabwe Black'

chilli pepper 'Zimbabwe Black'

A highly ornamental chilli pepper variety producing mild-flavoured, dark purple, almost black fruits, which ripen to red throughout the season. The fruits are borne on spreading branches of dark purple stained foliage. Harvest between July and October

Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
1 year
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained, Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Purple
Summer Purple Purple Red
Autumn Purple Purple Red
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1C
Botanical details
Family
Solanaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Spreading branched
Potentially harmful
Irritant if eaten, skin/eye irritant. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Capsicum are annual or perennial plants, with simple, alternate leaves, and tubular or bell-shaped flowers. They are grown for their glossy, many-seeded edible fruits, including chilli and bell peppers, and as indoor ornamental plants

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Sow indoors from late Winter to mid-Spring in a small pot filled with good quality seed compost and cover with a fine layer of vermiculite. When seedlings are 2.5cm tall transplant to individual pots, water and grow on in a sunny spot. See how to grow: chilli peppers for further advice

Propagation

Propagate by seed. See sowing vegetable seeds or sowing seeds indoors for further advice

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

Pinch out growing tips to encourage bushiness

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids and glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

May be susceptible to grey moulds

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