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allensylves
Kamaaina

USA
630 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2019 :  21:54:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Anyone growing black pepper vines and actually getting some peppercorns? I have 2 vines growing and flowering for about 3 years or more. The plants look good but never any peppercorns. I am at about 350 feet in HPP.

Allen
Finally in HPP

shave_ice
Da Kine

383 Posts

Posted - 11/09/2019 :  10:04:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What happens to the flowers? Do they just fall off?
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shave_ice
Da Kine

383 Posts

Posted - 11/09/2019 :  10:09:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
https://www.agroforestry.org/images/pdfs/Black_pepper_specialty_crop.pdf
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allensylves
Kamaaina

USA
630 Posts

Posted - 11/09/2019 :  13:29:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
@shave ice: most of the flower spikes are up overhead, so I never looked closely.
This reference discusses several reports on pollination: https://www.apiservices.biz/htm/pollination_handbook/black-200000000029FCD8D.html
The gist seems to be that rain moves the pollen to other flowers on the same spike or plant, so it should not be a problem here.
Your article does not discuss pollination, so it does not seem to be a problem.
Thanks, Allen

Allen
Finally in HPP
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