Growing Zones: 4-9 patio / 10-11 outdoors(hardy down to 40℉) 4-9 patio / 10-11 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 15-30 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 12-15 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Year to Bear:
- Fruits 1st Year!
- Botanical Name:
- Piper Nigrum
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Add Flavor to Your Food with Homegrown Peppercorns!
Spice up your Garden with the Black Pepper Plant:
- Incredible climbing vine fits well anywhere
- Shiny green leaves offset by stunning red fruit
- Extensive growth up to 30 feet gives it dual function as a garden screen
- Fresh, delicious, homegrown pepper adds great flavor to a diversity of foods
The Black Pepper Plant will Enhance the Flavor of your Garden
Looking for a vine to form impressive columns in your garden. How about a functional screen that will not only shroud the neighbors but produce the world's most popular spice? If so, the Black Pepper Plant is just what your garden ordered. This plant is nothing to sneeze at. Its glossy, green leaves will climb to heights of over 30 feet, accompanied by green berries that turn red as they ripen.
This plant is Devine
Stage your own Italian garden by strategically planting Black Pepper along trellis, fencing, even outside walls. The side shoots creep up quickly, sprouting tons of lovely almond-shaped leaves, beautifully filling in space. The plant is extremely versatile whether used as a border or a standalone anywhere you choose to plant it. The payoff is fresh pepper that will embolden the flavor of just about anything your imagination can cook up.
Pick peppercorns when green for black pepper or harvest when ripened and remove the inner seed for a spicier, white pepper. No matter what you choose to do, the Black Pepper Plant offers variety that will spice up the life in your garden.
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Customer Reviews & Photos
Don't buy this plant
Plants arrived half dead and within a few days was completely dead. Plant did not hold up in shipping
We're so sorry your black pepper plant didn't travel well! It likely experienced some cold temperatures along the way but it looks like we took care of it for you. Try again in spring and I'm sure it'll ship much better!
Dismal progress so far
My black pepper plant is not doing well i do not think it is going to make it All the leaves are turning yellow and no New sprouts. I am going to read up more on plant needs so i can move its pot to a proper enviornment
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Ordered three plants. All arrived in great shape and were bigger than expected. Plants are growing like crazy! Very pleased.
This plant is growing like a ****!! Everyday I am having to work with on training up a lattice. Very tolerant of the cold. I am very pleased I bought this.
Received i great condition
I didn't realize it would have to be a container plant until I read the instructions. I hope I don't **** it when it comes inside. Looks great outside.
Planting & Care
The black pepper plant (“Piper Nigrum”) is a unique flowering vine that produces berries that are harvested and known as a peppercorns. These are famously used used for seasoning and spices. These plants can easily be planted on a trellis, fence or even along your landscape wall. Black pepper plants thrive best in USDA growing zones 4-11 as a patio plant, or zones 10-11 outdoors. They prefer full to partial sunlight in order for the plants to achieve optimal growth and fruit production. You can harvest the fruit when it is green for black pepper or wait until the fruit because ripe, and then you can remove the seed and use this for white pepper.
Location: Place your pepper plant in a location with well draining soil. These plants thrive best in high temperature areas with frequent humidity and rainfall. It is best to keep them in a warm area where the temperatures do not go below 65 F. They especially, do not tolerate frost well; so if you are in a climate where this is a threat we recommend growing them as a container plant so the plant can be brought indoors during the winter. If you are unable to provide them with enough sunlight indoors you can substitute with a grow light.
Planting instructions (in ground): Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your plant.
1) Dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.
2) Loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through. Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole. Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.
3) Separate the roots of the plant gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole. The top of the root flare (where the roots end and the trunk begins) should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.
4) Make sure the plant is properly positioned in the hole.
5) Begin to back fill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets. Water again after you’ve finished to fully settle the soil.
Planting instructions (potted): When growing the pepper plant indoors, ensure you place it in location that receives a minimum of 4 hours of sunlight daily. The area also needs to be humid so you can emulate an outdoor or greenhouse type of environment. You can use a humidifier or mist the plant daily to accomplish this.
1) When selecting a container for your pepper plant, be sure it has plenty of holes in the bottom as drainage is essential. The pot size should be 2 times the size of the one it initially came in.
2) A good potting soil such as Miracle Grow should be fine for filling in the open space, try to leave space in the top for watering.
3) Choose a location on the patio, back yard, front/side of the house providing it will receive full to partial sun.
4) If bringing indoors during the winter, keep by a sunny window and water as needed. Also, avoid exposure to both drafts and heat from a window or vent.
Watering: For plants placed in the ground, water the plant consistently and do not allow the soil to dry out. Unlike some tropical plants, pepper plants like to maintain a moistened soil. Be very careful not to over water your plants as this can lead to issues like root rot; which can over time can kill the plant. The same applies for containerized plants. Make sure you place your plant in a well drained container where the water will not sit. Water your plant deeply once or twice weekly depending on the size of the container and plant.
Fertilization: Pepper plants require regular fertilization. Their soil pH should be kept around 5.5 and 7.0 It’s best to feed your plant twice a month with a nitrogen fertilizer formula like 10-10-10. If the soil becomes too acidic, you can add lime vs. if the soil becomes too alkaline, then add sulfur. Follow the instructions on the package in regards to how much to provide the plant with.
Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted
Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
|$149 & above||Free Shipping!|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
Growing Zone Finder.
We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of March 31st|
|Zones 7-11||Ships Now!|