Jerusalem Cherry

Solanum pseudocapsicum

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Some orange fruits and green leaves of a Solanum pseudocapsicum plant
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Solanum pseudocapsicum is a bushy evergreen shrub that is frequently grown as a houseplant for its attractive orange-red berries. It is part of the nightshade family, Solanaceae, and commonly known as Jerusalem Cherry, Christmas Cherry or Winter Cherry. Flowers are white, with prominent yellow stamens in the centre. They measure approximately 1-2cm across and they are produced in clusters of two and three. Attractive ornamental fruits follow the flowers. They are oval in shape and surrounded by modified leaves known as bracts, which are green in colour. The fruits develop from green to bright red-orange or yellow, as they ripen, during the winter months. All parts toxic if ingested.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn

Fruiting time

Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Cuttings

Take semi ripe cuttings in summer.

Special features

Attractive fruits

Indoor plant

Attractive flowers

Pot plant

Special features

Origin

Mexico, South, America

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

Soil PH preference

Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Notes

This plant suits being grown in containers for use in conservatories, greenhouses or sub tropic houses.

Personality

Family

Solanaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

None

Problems

Can be attacked by aphids.
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