Pepper(Piper nigrum L.);Piperaceae

Panniyur 1, Panniyur 2, Panniyur 3, Panniyur 4, Panniyur 5, Panniyur 6, Panniyur 7, Karimunda, Sreekara, Subhakara, Panchami, Pournami, IISR Thevam, IISR Malabar Excel, IISR Girimunda, IISR Sakthi, PLD-2.
 Lower elevation and less shady areas- Panniyur 1
 Higher elevation and more shady areas – Karimunda
 Intercropping in Arecanut – Panniyur 5

Pepper is grown mainly as a rainfed crop. Pepper requires heavy rainfall (150 – 250 cm), high humidity and warm climate. Thrives best on virgin soils rich in humus content and the crop can be grown at elevations up to 1500 m.

June – December.

Slopes facing West and South should be avoided. Pits of 50 cm x 50 cm x 50 cm size are dug at a spacing of 2 to 3 m in either direction (Panniyur 1 – 3 x 3 m).

5 to10 kg of FYM/Compost is mixed with top soil and the pits are filled. Rooted cuttings of black pepper are planted in June-July @ two per standard. Silver oak, Dadap and Jack can be used as standards and should be planted at a spacing of 7–8 m.

Apply cattle manure or compost @ 10 kg/vine – before the onset of South West monsoon. Apply 100:40:140 g of NPK per vine in two split doses during May – June and September – October. Slaked lime at 500 g per vine is applied in alternate years during May – June. Apply Azospirillum @ 100 g/vine one month after the application of chemical fertilizers. Integrated nutrient management – Inorganic N 50 % of the recommended dose + FYM 10 kg + 50 g Azospirillum + 50 g Phosphobacteria + 200 g VAM per plant. The manures and fertilizers are applied around the vine at a distance of 30 cm from the base and incorporated into the soil.

Protective irrigation in basins during December – May at 10 days interval.

Two weedings are given during the months of June – July and October – November. The vines are to be trained to the standards. Excessive foliage of the standards may be pruned and the height of the standards may be limited to about 6 m. To increase the berry size, spray NAA @ 40 ppm.
The spike shedding can be reduced by foliar spray of Diammonium Phosphate 1.0 % four times viz., before flower initiation (May), during new leaves and flower emergence (June) before spike initiation (July) and pinhead stage of berries (August).

Marginal gall thrips
 Spray dimethoate 30 EC or chlorpyriphos 20 EC @ 2 ml/lit three rounds at monthly
interval starting from new flush formation.
Pollu beetle and leaf caterpillars
 Spray quinalphos 25 EC @ 2 ml/lit once in July and again in October.
Top shoot borer
 Spray quinalphos 25 EC @ 2 ml/lit on terminal shoots at monthly interval (during July– October) to protect emerging new shoots.

Foot rot
 Apply Trichoderma asperellum or Pseudomonas fluorescens @ 1 g/ kg of pot mixture
 Mulch the pot mixture with 150 gauge polythene sheet for 30 days before use
Main field
Any of the following packages can be adopted twice (May – June and October – November)
 Neem cake @ 500 g/vine + swabbing of Bordeaux paste upto one meter from the ground level
 Trichoderma asperellum @ 20 g/vine + FYM or Bordeaux mixture 1% or metalaxyl – M 4% + mancozeb 64% WP @ 2 g/l
 Neem cake @ 2 kg/vine + 0.1% metalaxyl (pre monsoon foliar spray and soil application)
 Pseudomonas fluorescens (50 g) (pre and post monsoon) + neem cake @2 kg (post monsoon) + 0.1 % metalaxyl
CIB recommendation
 Metalaxyl – M 4% + mancozeb 64% WP @ 2 g/L/vine as foliar spray or 3 g/L/vine as soil drench
Slow wilt
 Copper oxychloride @ 0.2 % (soil drenching) or potassium phosphonate @ 0.3% or metalaxyl @ 0.1 %
 Foliar spray with 1% Bordeaux mixture or mancozeb @ 0.2 %

Soil application Bacillus subtilis (BbV 57) or Pseudomonas fluorescens @ 10 g/vine is recommended for the management of root knot and reniform nematode population in black pepper.
Harvesting commences from third year onwards. The harvesting season is from November to March. Harvest is done by hand picking the whole spikes when few berries in the spike start turning red. The berries are separated and dipped in hot water (80°C) for one minute and sun dried for 7 to 10 days.
2 to 3 kg/vine/year.

Growing districts:                                 Kanyakumari, Nilgiris, Kolli hills of Namakkal, Lower pulney hills of Dindigul
Major markets in Tamil Nadu:           Kanyakumari, Nagarkovil
Grade designation:                               Garbled Malabar Black Pepper,Ungarbled Malabar Black Pepper, Garbled Light Black Pepper, Ungarbled
                                                                   Light Black Pepper,Tellichery Garbled Black Pepper, Alleppey and Malabar Garbled (MGI)
Grade specification:                              Pungency and aroma