False Jerusalem Cherry
Solanum capsicastrum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solanum (so-LAN-num) (Info)
Species: capsicastrum (kap-sih-KAS-trum) (Info)

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brooklyn, New York

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Nov 4, 2004, JerusalemCherry from Dunellen, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

False Jerusalem Cherry in cultivation is widely offered/available. When you go to a plant store you would have no idea which type you are purchasing, unless it was tagged either Solanum capsicastrum or Solanum Pseudocapsicum. Keep in mind, either one would be sold under Jerusalem Cherry. This plant has many varieties available in cultivation.

I have read in many plant books, that “in nature” False Jerusalem Cherry (Capsicastrum) is a more grayish plant & the bark is less smooth. It also has been said False JC’s berries are less colorful “in nature”. Because of hybridization & the many varieties available, I personally never have seen the difference between the two types in cultivation.

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