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Black Pepper Plant

Black Pepper Plant

Black Pepper Plant

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Black Pepper Plant

The Black Pepper plant is a stunning climbing vine that also happens to produce one of the most popular and versatile spices in the world. The Black Pepper is an impressive addition to any garden or yard space, and you will find endless uses for the fresh, homegrown pepper that grows in the form of lovely red berries.

The Black Pepper has vines that can grow in columns up to 30 feet high or spread across a fence to provide a beautiful and functional privacy screen. The glossy, almond-shaped leaves are beautiful year-round and provide a backdrop for the blooming flowers throughout the spring and summer. Shortly after flowering, the Black Pepper produces long, thin clumps of berries on fruiting spikes that slowly turn from green to bright red.

This plant prefers warm weather and can only be grown outdoors in a tiny portion of the United States. Fortunately, the Black Pepper can flourish in a container, allowing you to keep your plant outdoors during the warm months but move it indoors when the temperatures drop. If you plant your Black Pepper in a container, a hanging pot is a good idea so that the vine can reach a good length and produce as many fruiting spikes as possible.

If you pick your plant's berries when they are still green, the center of the berries will contain black pepper. If you allow the berries to ripen and turn red, you will find spicier white pepper in the middle. Once you pick and peel your peppercorns, you should leave them in the sun for about three days until they dry into the familiar black kernels we associate with black pepper and can be ground into spice.

Black peppercorns have been valued for millennia and can be used to season almost any savory dish and even some sweet ones. Thanks to its flavor and versatility, black pepper is the most widely-traded spice in the world. With its impressive length, lovely foliage and bunches of berries, the Black Pepper plant is also a beautiful addition to your outdoor or indoor garden space.

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Perfect for container growing in your area.

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Growing Zone 10,11 Botanical Name Piper Nigrum
Mature Width 12-15 ft. Mature Height 15-30 ft.
Sun Tolerance Partial Shade Spacing 12-15 ft.


Growing Zone 10,11 Botanical Name Piper Nigrum
Mature Width 12-15 ft. Mature Height 15-30 ft.
Sun Tolerance Partial Shade Spacing 12-15 ft.

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Planting & Care

Planting and caring for your new fruit tree is easy. To get started, find a good spot in your yard or a large container. The location should have good drainage and adequate sunlight. For a container, be sure there are drainage holes in the bottom and that it is large enough for the root ball to fit with some extra room.

In the yard, dig a hole that is a few inches shallower than the height of the root ball and three times as wide. The roots need room to spread outwards, but you don't want it to sit too deep in the hole. If your soil is especially dense and compacted, you may need to go out wider and loosen up the soil.

Before placing the root ball in the hole or container, pull the roots gently to space them out a little and cut off any damaged roots. Place the tree into the hole or container, ensuring that the point at which the roots meet the trunk is going to be an inch or two above the surrounding soil.

Carefully add the soil back into the hole or add your potting mix to the container. It helps to have one person hold the tree upright while you do this. It helps to keep the tree straight. As you fill in the soil, take steps to prevent air pockets from forming by removing large pieces of debris, breaking up large, dense clumps of soil, and water a little at a time. The soil should slope downward from the trunk to prevent water pooling around the roots, but the tops of the largest roots should protrude from the soil.

Water your new tree thoroughly to settle the soil. Water it again when the top two-inch layer of soil dries out. As your tree grows and the roots develop, you can water less often. Your tree will arrive pruned, so you only need to prune it once a year, in early spring, to keep its shape and to promote more fruit development, or to keep it small if you are growing in a container.

Fertilizer is not always necessary. If your tree grows well and looks healthy, it probably doesn't need any feeding. If you are not happy with how fast it is growing, of if you notice any signs of poor nutrition, you can apply an appropriate fertilizer once or twice a year. Our trees are hardy and you should not need to spray for pests or disease.


Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted

We take pride in accurate and on-time shipping dates. Of course there are factors that could delay these dates. These are estimates, and we cannot guarantee exact shipping dates. Shipping live products has its challenges and occasionally Mother Nature does not abide by our time frames. On rare occasions we have to delay shipping due to severe weather forecasts in your area or ours. Sometimes the seasons are delayed and plants take longer to reach specifications. Although these types of delays are rare, we try to keep you informed. The health of your plants is our highest concern.

Spring Shipping
Due to the nature of certain cold sensitive plants, it is best to ship them during months with milder temperatures. Spring shipped items are identified on their product page, as well as information on Northern States that ship in spring. Most trees and plants we carry can safely be planted year-round, but you may prefer planting in warmer weather. If you would like to receive a plant earlier than designated or delay its delivery date, we are happy to schedule what’s most convenient. Just call us at 1-888-286-1004.

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Will my Trees Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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Pruning & Trimming

Most Fruiting Plants Are Pruned Before Shipping... At No Cost To You!

Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.