Planting pepper is a lifetime livelihood if well developed. If the soil is good and care is good,
thequality of the harvest is likewise good and so commands a good price in the market. When
harvest is poor, even the stems of this plant, when dried, can also be used and sold including
the chaff when powdered. Although these are not so strong in taste as the fruit itself, they are
nevertheless sought because of the aroma they to the food. So even the powdered pulp get
1. Plant materials in pepper consist of the stem with 3 nodes. Separate these from the mother
plant at the beginning of the rainy season, and plant in the nursery side by side for growing
roots in a rooting bed.
2. The bed for growing these must be in the shade and elevated, surrounded by hollow
3. Make the bed three layers of soil so as to ensure good drainage such as:
4. Water a little- once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Cover with a plastic sheet.
5. In one month, roots will grow about an inch at the nodes.
6. This can now be transferred to plastic bag with holes at the bottom, half filled with sand and
other half with loose soil. When transplanting, thrust a stick into the plastic bag, and in its hole,
put in the plant.
7. In 2-3 months when there are about 4-5 new growths (shoots) in the upper part of the plant,
it can now be transferred in the fields.
8. Black pepper is a climbing plant, so it needs a trellis or tree to climb. The best is the madre
cacao (kakawate). Its long branches are cut like poles and thrust in the ground, 2-3 apart, in
April and May. These branches will grow leaves and branches in the first rain in June. Change
the branch that does not grow.
9. Plant two seedling of pepper at the base of every pole. Remove them from the plastic bag
and plant one feet away from away the kakawate pole. Tie the stem in the pole to help it
climb. In one week’s time, the roots of the pepper will adhere to the pole and the plant will
climb by itself.