Hia, I'm doing a reserch project on black pepper (Piper nigrum) for m
uni course. i was just wondering whether anyone has ever germinate
peppercorms? i know in commercial cultivation the plants are grown fro
fresh seed, but can they survive dessication, being shipped half-wa
around the world and sitting on supermarket shelves for months? I hav
just planted some, and will let you know how they do (if there is an
interest) but i doubt that they will be growing before my deadline..
any comments welcome! Thanks, Ale
Sounds interesting. It never occurred to me to try to grow a peppercorn.
I have no idea how they are prepared. I suppose they are just dried and
not heated or anything. I think they are actually a dried fruit with
seeds inside. Now I wish I had some in the house so I could crack one
open and see what's inside.
Yeah, they are the dried whole fruit, each peppercorn has a single see
inside. i have just read something which indicated that the fruit i
also fermented before drying so i guess the seeds are not viable
however i still have a pot full of pepercorns on my windowsil, in hop
of seenig a seedling soon..
Much of the pepper imported into N. America has been treated to kill
insects; sometime by heat and sometimes in other ways. I would be
surprised to find that it germinated, but that is no reason not to
try. Import practices may well vary elsewhere.
By the by, the only place where I have seen piper nigrum being
propagated (S. India) was by layering, not by seed. The mother vines
were growing at the base of "troughs" (4" dia x 3ft length bamboo
culms split lengthwise and supported at a 45 deg angle). The bamboo
was filled with a compose mixture an the vine directed up the bamboo.
At each node, it was held in contact with the compost where it rooted.
After the vine reached the top of the bamboo, the rooted sections
were cut apart and transplanted.
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