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Apple of Peru, Shoo fly plant also called Nicandra physaloides is an herb in the Solanaceae family.
It measures 60 to 80 cm in height, it is an annual plant whose fruits are very similar to chinese lantern plant or cape gooseberry.
This small plant is native to the Andes mountain range.
Its flowers are recognizable by their fully welded tricolor petals, forming a black star in the center of the blue flower, its petals are then white then blue purplish on the peripheral spreading part of the flower.
Its fruit is a small gray ball about the size of a jostaberry.
Shoo fly plant seeds are black and small.
Used in organic farming, this small Peruvian apple has the particularity of attracting a very large population of whiteflies (whiteflies from greenhouses).
Putting a few plants in your greenhouse finally allows you to get rid of whiteflies on surrounding crops.
Sowing Apple of Peru seeds:
Sow the seeds in a tray of fine potting soil and cover them with a few millimeters of potting soil.
Gently water with a sprayer.
Place the culture in a warm and humid place at a temperature of 25 to 30 ° c.
Germination takes place 2 to 3 weeks after cultivation of the seedling.
Do not consume the fruit or the plant.
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