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Pepperberry - Growing Pepperberry


Image from Melbourne Bushfood


    Pepperberry is a shrub native to the temperate rainforests of South Eastern Australia. The plant produces red berries over autumn but they darken as the ripen. Pepperberry plant has many uses and was used traditionally as a spice and for medicinal purposes. To be able to harvest berries you’ll need a male and female plant.

    The berries are sweet, fruity and have a very strong peppery taste, when dried they are used a spice and added to beef stews and salads. The berries were also used traditionally as medicine to cure skin diseases.

    Image from Melbourne Bushfood

    Good for:

    - Beginners

    - Frost 

    - Drought


    Water

    Moderate

    Sunlight

    Part Shade

    Size

    Up to 8m high and 5m wide

    Planting

    Planting


    For best results, plant in a loamy, well-drained soil, and place your plant in full sun. You can also grow in part shade for reasonable results. This dense, prickly bush typically grows up to 8m tall and 5m wide. It's the perfect little fruiter for a patio or balcony garden. Pruning can be done to control growth, the plant should be sheltered from strong winds. Ensure the soil used is fertile and rich in nutrients. 


    Frost tolerance


    Peppeberry is supposed to be a frost tolerant plant and can survive frost of up to -5 degrees, but if you live a cold climate we recommend to protect it during Winter and don’t over water it.


    Sunlight

    This lovely species does exemplary well in full sun and fairly well in part shade.





    Maintenance

    Watering & Drought Tolerance


    Water moderately at tender age. Pepperberry is drought tolerant at maturity age. Ensure the soil is completely dry before watering.


    Fertilizing


    Fertilizing should be done before blooming season. If you grow in pots, use Osmocote premium potting mix and low Phosphorus Native Fertiliser. 

    Harvesting


    The berries are harvested when ripe (between march and May) Handpicking can be used as a way of harvesting

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