Glistening orange-red berries in autumn and winter are the main attraction of this eye-catching bedding plant.
Winter cherry is a semi-hardy plant to -5C requiring some protection through the winter and so it is usually grown as a house plant or in a cool greenhouse. With star shaped white flowers in summer followed by large, vibrant coloured berries in autumn and winter this attractive plant has a long season of interest. The berries are inedible but they remain on the plant for months, often right through the winter providing an attractive display over a long period of time. Originally from South and Central America this plant is not a true cherry as its common name suggests, but is instead in the same family as tomatoes, the name Winter Cherry being applied because of its glossy cherry like fruits.
Colour from summer through to winter with decorative berries perfect for adding a festive feel to a window sill.
Plant Type: Bedding Plant
Hardiness: H2 Tender. Can be grown outside in warmer months.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 40cm x W 40cm (Mature age: 2-5 Years)
Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: White
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: Yes
RHS Award of Garden Merit: No
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Hazardous / Poisonous Information: All parts highly toxic if eaten.
Soil Type: Chalky, Clay, Sandy
Soil Drainage: Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Planting Style: Containers
Season of Interest: Autumn, Winter
Flowering (from - to): June - August
Winter cherry is best grown on a bright window sill where it will receive a good amount of light. It can be grown outdoors in a sheltered spot in the summer and then bought inside when the first frosts begin. On a window sill it may need protecting from any direct sun in the hottest parts of the day and so a west or east facing window would be best when it will be in the sun in the morning or afternoon only.
Water regularly, keeping the potting compost moist but do not stand in water.
Feed regularly in the growing season (spring to autumn) reducing in the winter.
If keeping for a second season allow the plant to be dormant, with limited water for four to five weeks, prune back by one to two thirds before putting outside for the summer and then pinch out the tips of new growth to retain a good shape.