how to grow solanum pseudocapsicum
31 August 2020

How to grow Solanum – we share experience

By Christopher Brickell

One spring I went to visit my employee and saw a flower on the window sill, which looked like a small cherry tree. The woman said it was a so-called Cuban cherry tree, a decorative solanum. Its exact name is Solanum pseudocapsicum.

At this time it had already ripe berries, even slightly wrinkled, and I asked the friend to let me take one of the berries for my seeds to grow Solanum.

How to grow Solanum

to grow Solanum pseudocapsicum or madeira, winter cherry plant

Solanum pseudocapsicum or madeira, winter cherry plant

At home I soaked the seeds for half an hour in hot water (about +40°C). This is necessary so that later disease of pathogenic fungi – “black stalk” – did not appear on the plant.

I prepared the soil for planting from a mixture of sod, humus, peat soil and sand in a ratio of 1:2:1:1, I gave hot water to the prepared mixture. When the ground in the pot cooled down, the seeds were planted.

I watered the seeds, and after 10 days, the first shoots appeared. The seedlings of Solanum dipped about a month old, and after 2 months, having chosen a few strongest, I planted them in pots with the same light substrate.

Taking care of Solanum

White decorative Solanum flowers on a blurry background close-up.
In order for the young plants to grow better, I cut them a couple of times gently. I began to feed Solanum at five months with the usual universal fertilizer.I have grown some nice “cherries”.  In summer, these low, scattered green shrubs are covered with numerous small white starry flowers.

It is very interesting to see how gradually round green berries are born, which then acquire orange color (there are also berries of bright red and yellow color). However, their ripening usually lasts longer.

But if you keep Solanum in a cool room, the berries stay for several months and look very pretty.We even decorated our trees with tinsel and sequins for the New Year! By the way, in winter you should keep Solanum in a light cool room at temperatures no higher than +18 ° C and rarely water them, protecting them from draughts.

how to grow Solanum pseudocapsicum

To form a compact fluffy plant, in spring I always cut long shoots off Solanum, and during the summer I pinch the tops of the most grown branches.

I transplant my “kids” in early spring into loose nutritious soil, and in summer I bring pots of Solanum into the yard, abundantly watering and often spraying. Sometime between March and August, I feed them 2 times a month in small doses of full mineral fertilizer with trace elements.

What else is important to know about Solanum

how to grow solanum
The breeding of Solanum with seeds has its little secret. If you want to grow Solanum with a lot of berries on a bush, you need to polish the white flowers of this plant with a cotton swab or tassels. Sometimes the aphids annoy Solanum. You can treat the affected bush with an insecticide.

The Solanum is a perennial plant. It is not necessary to grow Solanum from seeds every time. It is easier to cut the bush in spring and transplant it into fresh substrate. Soon the solanum will grow and in summer it will bloom again. However, multiplication of Solanum with seeds allows you to get a lot of plants at once, which can be presented to friends, or you can put them in the garden, where they feel great in summer and early autumn.

Remember that Solanum berries are quite poisonous and dangerous for children and animals. There are no small children in our family. But those who have them should be careful, if you decide to have this incomparable in original beauty plant in the house, because all parts of Solanum are poisonous. So place it so that the child does not get it.

That’s all need to know if you decieded to grow Solanum