The Winter Cherry

The Winter Cherry plants (Solanum) bear small flowers in summer and these are followed in tumble by immature berries that change tone as winter approaches. The Winter Cherry is a informed steer during Christmas. The orange or red berries among a dim immature leaves yield a gratifying touch, and if this tiny shrubby plant is placed on a balmy windowsill in a cold room afterwards a berries will final for months. A closely associated species, Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum) bears incomparable berries.

A word of warning: these fruits can be poisonous!

The Winter Cherry should final until February. Early root tumble customarily means overwatering – dropping berries prove too small light or hot, dry air.


Plant types

Solanum capsicastrum is sole in immeasurable quantities each Christmas from supermarkets, garden centers and marketplace stalls. The dim immature leaves are narrowly oval and a white flowers form berries that are about 0.5 inches in hole when mature. The plants are customarily bought when a fruits have altered from immature to orange-red and these will sojourn on a plants for months if kept in a cold place.

Solanum pseudocapsicum

The Jerusalem Cherry

There are several varieties, such as Cherry Ripe (bright red berries) and variegatum (cream-splashed leaves). The Jerusalem Cherry is also popular, generally in a U.S. and is utterly similar. If we demeanour closely, however, we will see that a stems are smooth. Also a berries are larger, a leaves shorter and a colors generally brighter.

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Secrets of success

Temperature: Cool – keep during 50°-60°F in winter.

Light: Bright light with some approach sun.

Water: Keep compost wet during all times.

Air humidity: Mist leaves frequently.


Care after flowering: Prune behind stems to half their length in late winter. Keep compost roughly dry until spring, afterwards repot. Stand a pot outdoor during a summer months. Spray a plants when in flower. Bring behind indoors in fall.

Propagation: Sow seeds or take branch cuttings in spring.


Solanum pseudocapsicum variegatum