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Christmas cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum) THIS colourful houseplant will bring festive cheer to your rooms with its mixed display of green, yellow and orange fruits, and it''s tough enough to provide winter colour for many seasons.

Growing to around 36cm (14in), it looks best as a bright table-top display and is best in indoor temperatures of between 18-24C, with a winter minimum of 10C.

Keep the plant well watered and provide regular liquid feeds. To give the plant a rest, stop feeding and reduce watering for a couple of weeks when berries wither in late winter. After late winter, cut the plant back by a third, re-pot and place it outside when the danger of frost has passed. Pinch out the growing tips to encourage bushy growth.

Keep the Christmas cherry out of the reach of children as the berries are toxic.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 5, 2009
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