Garden shrubs: Capsicum and Caragana
The Ornamental Peppers make excellent indoor pot plants, growing short and bushy and bearing their pointed fruits which change from yellow to crimson during winter. Sow the large seeds individually in small pots in gentle heat in February and move to larger pots containing the John Innes Potting Compost early in summer. At all times, do not allow the Caragana seeds to lack moisture or germination will not take place, whilst the plants must be kept growing by maintaining correct moisture and shielding them from strong sunlight.
To encourage a bushy plant, pinch out the growing point when moving to their final pots and for the flowers to set their fruits well, hand fertilise with a camel hair brush as they open. Afterwards, regular syringing of the plants will help them to set their fruit and as they do so, they should be given ample supplies of moisture during summer to enable the fruits to swell.
A compact and free fruiting variety is Trips’ which grows 8 in. (20 cm) tall, the fruits changing from pale cream to orange and crimson.
Small trees or shrubs, native of Siberia and Manchuria, they are known as the Pea trees on account of their pea-shaped flowers. They like a well drainedand are tolerant of town garden conditions. Propagation is by seed sown in July when ripe or by , taken in July and rooted in a frame or under .
The best species is C. arborescens which grows to 20 ft (6 m) in height and has its leaves divided into numerous linear leaflets. Early in summer it bears masses of yellow sweet pea-like flowers. Also valuable is C. decorticans of similar habit and also bearing similar yellow flowers.