Pink pepper plant

Irrigation and exposure

The pink pepper plant tolerates very long periods without water, to obtain a conspicuous flowering, however, it is advisable to irrigate regularly, especially during the first three years after the pink pepper is planted. This is especially true in the regions of southern Italy, until the plant is perfectly stabilized. After these first years, it is possible to consider the pink pepper plant completely autonomous. It needs to be exposed in a very sunny position, well protected from wind currents and can only be cultivated in areas with a mild climate. In fact, it does not survive frosts or at temperatures below seven degrees. Even too much moisture could cause the most exposed parts of the pink pepper plant to die.

How to cultivate

There pink pepper plant It is easy to grow and adapts to all areas with a warm climate. In these areas it has a very fast development and can reach seven meters in a short time. To plant it, choose a soil that is poor in organic and well-drained matter, adding sand and gravel to avoid dangerous water stagnation, which is very harmful to the roots. It prefers a soil with alkaline pH even at high salinity, in fact, it is often cultivated in coastal areas. We are talking about a very tolerant plant, which has no special needs. It is transplanted throughout the year, being careful to avoid too low temperatures or too much humidity, in fact if we live in the North it is better to plant it in the spring, when the earth has dried up from the winter humidity.

Fertilization and pruning

The pink pepper plant prefers very poor soils, but it is advisable to fertilize a couple of times a year with well-matured manure, choosing the fall and spring season. If desired, it could be enriched with granular fertilizer specific for fruit trees, but it is not essential. As for pruning, the pink pepper plants are able to withstand abundant cuts, being able to reject vigorously. However, it is not advisable to reduce and ruin its elegant natural foliage, unless it is obviously necessary for reasons of space or safety. In all other cases, if we wanted to prune, we would have to limit ourselves to thinning out the foliage, removing some of the branches, so as to let more light and air pass.

Pink pepper plant: Diseases and properties

The pink pepper plant could be affected by root rot, especially in soils with insufficient drainage. For this reason it is essential to prepare the soil well before implanting. It is common to plant these trees in the orchards and orchards because the essence emanating from the foliage is able to discourage plant parasites, thus acting as an aid to the rest of the crop. At the same time, however, the flowers are very popular with bees, which take care of the pollination of other trees grown in the area. As for the properties of the tree, it produces a perfumed resin that has been used since ancient times for therapeutic purposes as well as for coloring fabrics. The foliage and flowers are macerated and used to help in case of rheumatism or muscle soreness.