What are the pros? Easy to grow, attractive
What are the cons? Long time to fruit
I started seeds indoors in February 2012, had good germination, grew seedlings under grow lights. Potted up to roughly 3 gallon ceramic pots in late spring or early summer, pots were outdoors under substantial shade. Plants grow very large leaves with a reddish/purplish tinge. I moved the plants indoors (at 5000' elevation in New Mexico) in mid-October in front of south windows. They started blooming in November; I didn't try to pollinate the flowers. They needed water frequently, gradually lost lower leaves, survived white fly infestations. I moved them back outdoors under substantial shade in May 2013. They have set some fruit, some of which appear to be full size, but not yet ripe at the end of August 2013. Most of the bare stem areas have buds but have not regrown leaves. They need frequent water; desirable to grow them in much larger pots.
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