What are the pros? Rare & prized by pepper lovers
What are the cons? Difficult to find a use for
I've grown Brazilian Starfish peppers for 3 years. They do best in a sunny location. The plants are tall & leggy, with lots of stem between side branches. When young, the plants need support from a stake or trellis, the stems are brittle and can break in a strong breeze. As the plants mature the stems become woody and much stronger. As an experiment, I have a dozen plants growing on a large trellis against our kitchen wall. They get bright, shaded light and have grown 10 to 12 feet up, into the eaves. Those plants aren't heavy producers, but they form a nice wall of vegetation, like ivy. The biggest downside has been a fungal blight that attacks the leaves of all the peppers in this area when the weather gets hot. The only way to save the plants is daily pruning of infected leaves and weekly spraying with a Neem oil & soap solution. The Neem oil really perks up the plants and suppresses the blight, but only for a while. A lovely pepper, with a lot of variability in heat between pods.
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