Wednesday, November 16, 2011

One Amazing Houseplant

"Jerusalem Cherry"  Solanum Pseudocapsicum

Although this plant belongs to the deadly nightshade family, unlike tomatoes and eggplant, it is poisonous and should be kept out of reach of small children and pets. 

If you don't have a lot of sun available, this is the plant for you, because it prefers bright, diffused light.  The seeds are inside the cherries and they germinate easily. This plant enjoys being pruned and shaped and it thrives in a pot.  It usually gets about a foot tall and tends to trail down the pot in an attractive sort of way.

The secret to it's success is misting...which this plant loves.  The plant produces little white tomato/pepper-like blossoms, followed by green fruits that ripen yellow through orange.

This plant used to be grown a lot in the 70's and if you watch old 'Three's Company' episodes, you'll see a lot of Jerusalem Cherry plants.  This plant is also sometimes referred to as "Christmas Cherry". It's one of my favorite houseplants because of it's charming appearance. It's easy-to-grow and please.  A plant that should be grown more than it is today.

Don't be put off because it's poisonous.  So are poinsettias and we bring them into our homes every year.  Just be cautious and it will make a wonderful addition to your houseplant collection.

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