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Chili pepper 'Chinese Five Color'   

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Chinese Five Color is a variety of Chili pepper which is a member of the Capsicum family. Its botanical name is Capsicum annuum longum group 'Chinese Five Color'. Chinese Five Color is generally thought of as a heirloom variety. Its fruits normally ripen as a colour very similar to   Red and   Palatinate purple.

A colorful ornamental and edible hot pepper. The conical peppers grow to about 1-2" and ripen from purple, cream, yellow, orange to red. It’s common to have all colors present on a plant at the same time.

Plant has green stems with purple markings, green leaves with purple veins, and purple flowers. A very beautiful ornamental plant suitable for indoors.

Flavor is quite hot and the peppers can be used just as any hot pepper.

Heirloom from China.

Chinese Five Color grows as a Perennial and is a Vegetable. Being a Perennial, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater). Chinese Five Color normally grows with a erect-like habit with a max height of 1.49 feet (that's 45.72 cm metric).

China is believed to be where Chinese Five Color originates from.

Chinese Five Color Chili pepper is normally fairly low maintenance and quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

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

How to grow 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. USDA Hardiness Zone 5 to 12 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). 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.

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