With 9,000 years of cultivation behind them, it is no wonder that there are a myriad of varieties in a multitude of colours available to the home gardener – all have their origins in wild species native to Central and South America.
Fruits of this variety are attractive, sweet and colourful – turning from canary yellow to orange-red when mature. The tapered fruits grow to about 6in (15cm) long. Excellent for pickling, frying, salads and dips. Can be threaded on string and dried for a colourful ornament. Excellent source of vitamins A and C. Spiciest when red.
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Start seed indoors 6 - 8 weeks before outdoor planting after frost danger in spring to obtain healthy transplants. Choose a sunny position and a fertile, well-drained soil. Improve clay or sandy soils with compost. Water regularly, keep the site free of weeds with a liquid foliar fertilizer every three weeks.
- Planting Depth: 6mm (1/4in)
- Seed Spacing: 12mm (1/2in)
- Plant Spacing: 45cm - 60cm (18in - 24in)
|Days To Sprout:||15 - 20 days|
|Days To Maturity:||65 - 75 days|