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Black Pepper
Scientific Name: Piper nigrum L.
Family: Piperaceae
Black Pepper (Piper  nigrum) Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 11

Frost Tolerance: Very tender, keep above 40F (5C), hardy to 32F (0C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Growth Habits: Vine

Watering Needs: Regular water

Propagation: Seeds, cuttings

Cultural Practices:
The Black Pepper is a tropical vine. It is cultivated in warm areas with 70 to 100 inches of rain annually (1750 to 2500 mm), by comparison Phoenix gets 8 (200 mm). It likes a temperature around 77F (25C) and a humidity of 80 %. In Phoenix these requirements mean it has to be grown in a greenhouse, or maybe a very light bathroom.

Blooming Habits:
The black pepper blooms at the end of summer. The flowers are green. The fuit are also green, black when ripe in December or January.

Fruiting Habits:

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