Jerusalem Cherry

By: Larry Hodgson

Jerusalem cherry grows outdoors in summer and plant throughout the year. See more pictures of house plants.

The Jerusalem cherry is a popular Christmas shrub with thin, pointed, dark-green leaves. The insignificant, star-shaped flowers are followed by round, half-inch fruits that gradually change from green to scarlet.

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This plant is often treated as an annual, but it can be kept growing from year to year if given a harsh pruning each spring. Put it outdoors for the summer so insects can pollinate its flowers. The fruits of the Jerusalem cherry are toxic. Watch out for white-flies.


Jerusalem Cherry Quick Facts:

Scientific Name:Solanum pseudocapsicum

Common Name: Jerusalem Cherry

Light Requirement for Jerusalem Cherry: Full Sun to Bright Light

Water RequirementforJerusalem Cherry: Evenly Moist

HumidityforJerusalem Cherry: High

TemperatureforJerusalem Cherry: Cool

FertilizerforJerusalem Cherry: Balanced

Potting MixforJerusalem Cherry: All-Purpose

PropagationofJerusalem Cherry: Seed, Stem Cuttings

Decorative UseforJerusalem Cherry: Table

Care RatingforJerusalem Cherry: Temporary, Demanding


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Larry Hodgson is a full time garden writer working out of Quebec City in the heart of French Canada where he grows well over 3,000 species and varieties. His book credits include Making the Most of Shade, The Garden Lovers Guide to Canada, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, Houseplants for Dummies, and Ortho’s Complete Guide to Houseplants, as well as other titles in English and French. He’s the winner of the Perennial Plant Association’s 2006 Garden Media Award.