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Q.Best Of The Nightshade Family?

Zone 4b | Vamprefangz added on July 20, 2023 | Answered

I have an interest in nightshades and was curious which ones have the best traits. I’m not specifically looking for an edible (like tomato) or poisonous variety, I just would like to try my hand experimenting with ones possessing specific traits: fastest growing, most cold resistant, heat resistant, pest resistant, drought resistant, soil ph acceptability, etc. P.S. what zone they normally grow in is not a problem.

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Answered on July 21, 2023

Nightshades are a diverse group of plants with various traits. For fastest growing, consider the tomato plant, which can grow rapidly under optimal conditions. For cold resistance, the hardy eggplant is a good choice. Heat resistance is a trait found in peppers, particularly chili peppers. To combat pests, the tobacco plant contains natural insecticides. Drought resistance can be found in the potato plant, which can tolerate dry conditions. Nightshades generally prefer slightly acidic to neutral soil pH. Overall, these traits can be found in different nightshade varieties, allowing for experimentation and exploration.

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