Irrigation and exposure
The pink pepper plant is able to endure periods of prolonged periods without water, without difficulty, to have an important flowering, however, it is advisable to water it regularly, especially for the first three years after planting the plant. This is especially true in the southern regions, continuing irrigation until the plant is completely stable. After the first few years, the pink pepper plant could be considered practically autonomous. It needs a very sunny exposure, sheltered from cold currents and it is possible to cultivate it only in areas with a temperate climate. In fact, it fails to develop if the temperature drops below seven degrees. Furthermore, excessive humidity would make the exposed branches of the pink pepper plant die.
How to cultivate it
The pink pepper plant is easy as a crop and adapts to areas with a mild climate. In these areas it develops quickly and exceeds seven meters in a short time. To transplant it, you need to choose a land that is poor in organic nutrients and very draining, improving it by using sand and river gravel to avoid damaging water stagnation, which is fatal to the roots. It prefers a soil with an alkaline pH and does not fear the high salinity, for this reason, it is planted in coastal areas. We are talking about a very resistant plant, without specific needs. It is planted in all seasons, taking care to avoid too much humidity, so if we are in northern Italy, it is preferable to transplant it in the spring, when the soil has dried completely.
Fertilization and pruning
The pink pepper tree prefers poor soils, but it is also recommended to fertilize twice a year with mature manure, during the autumn and spring seasons. You could also add granular type fertilizer for fruit trees, but it is not essential for the success of the harvest. Regarding pruning, this plant can withstand even the strong ones, still managing to vigorously reject new buds. It is not advisable to reduce or ruin its beautiful natural foliage, except that, clearly, it is not necessary to create space or if the plant is unsafe due to its excessive size. In case we want to prune it is advisable to limit the hair, removing some branches to get the light in greater quantity.
Pink pepper plant: Properties and possible diseases
The roots of the pink pepper plant are likely to be affected by rot if they grow in areas with poor drainage. It is therefore important to prepare the soil well before planting our plants. It is very useful to plant this plant in the orchards since the scents of the leaves are able to remove plant pests, thus acting as a shield for all other plants. At the same time, the flowers attract bees that act as pollinators for other trees grown close to pepper. The pink pepper plant also boasts several properties, in fact it produces a very aromatic resin that has been used for millennia for medicinal purposes as well as textiles for coloring fabrics. The leaves are macerated and used to intervene in case of rheumatism or muscle pain.