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Chili 'Aji Cristal'   

Capsicum baccatum

  • 12 plantings
  • 3 available for swap
  • 4 wanted
  • 5 stashed

Aji Cristal is a variety of Chili which is a member of the Capsicum family. Its botanical name is Capsicum baccatum 'Aji Cristal'. Aji Cristal is a variety of OP Chili . The mature flowers have an approximate petal count of 5. Its fruits normally ripen as a colour very similar to   Red-orange. Leaves usually appear in   Cadmium green colour.

Good production of 1" by 3 1/2" fruits on large 3’ plants. Fruit ripens from light green to yellow to light reddish-orange. Hot citrus flavor is best when immature. Approximately 30,000-50,000 SHU.

This variety is an Vegetable that typically grows as an Annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. Aji Cristal is known for its Shrub habit and growing to a height of approximately 45.72 cm (1.49 feet).

Chile is believed to be where Aji Cristal originates from.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Aji Cristal have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Aji Cristal

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Aji Cristal is generally regarded as a tender plant, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with Aji Cristal are Zone 5 and Zone 12. Aji Cristal needs a soil ph of 7.0 to 8.5 (neutral soil - weakly alkaline soil).

Growing Aji Cristal from seed

Seeds germinate bed when soild temps are above 65F

Sow 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) deep with a guideline distance of 1.95 inches (5.0 cm). For optimal germination, soil temperature should be a minimum of 18°C / 64°F.

Transplanting Aji Cristal

Aji Cristal is tender, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.

Harvesting Aji Cristal

Peppers are most flavorful (citrusy) when green to yellow. Can be bitter at this stage – cooking resolves this issue. As fruit matures it turns orange to red. At red color, still hot but citrus flavor has diminished, replaced by sweetness and a richer pepper flavor.

This variety tends to mature and be ready for harvest in mid summer.

Aji Cristal folklore & trivia

Originally from Curico, Chile

Other Names for Chili 'Aji Cristal'

Aji Crystal