Chili pepper 'Chinese Five Color'

Capsicum annuum longum group

How to grow Chili pepper 'Chinese Five Color'

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Some varieties may need to be supported with a cane as the fruit develops.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Chinese Five Color 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. Chinese Five Color needs a loamy and sandy soil with a ph of 7.0 to 8.5 (neutral soil to weakly alkaline soil).

Growing Chinese Five Color from seed

Start indoors six to eight weeks before last frost date.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 1.95 inches (5.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.2 inches (0.5 cm). For optimal germination, soil temperature should be a minimum of 18°C / 64°F.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Chinese Five Color about 38 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Chinese Five Color

Transplant out when all danger of frost has passed.

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

Harvesting Chinese Five Color

These peppers start purple, turning to cream, then yellow, followed by orange, and eventually to red. They get progressively hotter as they change, but even the purple ones are very hot.

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

Chinese Five Color folklore & trivia

Excellent for container gardening.