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Tasmannia Stipitata or Dorrigo Pepper is a rainforest shrub.

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Tasmannia Stipitata which is also known as Dorrigo Pepper or Northern Pepperbush is a rainforest shrub.

Overview of Tasmannia Stipitata

• This shrub belongs to the temperate forests of the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia.
• Its leaves are fragrant.
• They are narrow-lanceolate to narrow-elliptic.
• They are about 8–13 cm long.
• Dark bluish to mauve berries are borne on these shrubs.
• They follow the flowers on female shrubs.
• The species is dioecious.
• They have male and female flowers on separate plants.
• Peter Hardwick gave it the name ‘Dorrigo pepper’.
• Dorrigo pepper has a hot peppery flavor.
• This flavor is derived from polygodial.
• It is an essential oil component.

Scientific classification of Tasmannia Stipitata

• Kingdom: Plantae
• (unranked): Angiosperms
• (unranked): Magnoliids
• Order: Canellales
• Family: Winteraceae
• Genus: Tasmannia
• Species: T. stipitata

Growing/Caring conditions for Tasmannia Stipitata

• Sow seedlings indoors.
• Sow them late spring to early summer.
• The plant requires full sun.
• Sow those eight to ten weeks before the last frost date for your area.
• They are a difficult in germination and seedlings grow slowly at first.
• Provide bottom heat or heat lamps to raise the soil temperature to 80 degrees.
• This will promote better and quicker germination.
• A heated germination mat works well.
• While your seedlings are growing, get your garden ready.
• Add plenty of compost, manure, and a general fertilizer.
• Peppers like hot weather.
• Transplant young seedlings outdoors after the last chance of frost.
• If the weather is still cool, delay transplanting a few days.
• Keep them in a cold frame, indoors.
• Space 18-24 inches apart, in rows 24 to 30 inches apart.
• Mulching around the peppers to keep down weeds, retain moisture, and help to feed the plant.
• As the peppers develop, use a fertilizer higher in Phosphorous and Potassium.
• Providing too much nitrogen will result in a great looking bushy, green plant, but few fruits.
• Peppers can be picked as soon as they reach a size which is edible.
• Continuous harvesting encourages the fruit to produce new flowers.
• Spider mites and aphids are the most common problems.
• An occasional borer insect is also known to attack this plant.
• Try an organic insecticide or dust.
• Fungal infections can be treated with fungicides. Apply treatment as soon as you see it.
• Potential pests include aphids, white flies, cutworms, pepper maggots, and Colorado potato beetles.
• Diseases include Verticillium wilt and mosaic virus.
• Frost will stunt or kill the plants.
• Cold weather can cause the plant to slow down or stunt it.
• Use a hot cap in on cold and frosty spring nights.

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