Chinese pepper is part of the Capsicum genus. Its scientific name is Capsicum chinense.
Small light green pepper that turns red if left long enough on the plant. Looks very similar to habanero but without the intense heat.
The mature flowers are of a single form. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours: Orange-red.
Chinese pepper grows as an annual/perennial and is a flowering edible fruit / vegetable. Being an annual / perennial plant, it tends to grow either as a single season plant, or a plant that can stay in your garden for many years.
Chinese pepper is known for its forb habit and growing to a height of approximately 45.72 cm (1.49 feet).
Chinese pepper is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally 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 plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Chinese pepper have been kindly provided by our members.
They can be grown in containers but the high yielding plants will be grown in the ground.
Plant in a location that enjoys full sun / dappled sun and remember to water moderately. 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 pepper tends to grow best in a soil ph of between 7.0 and 8.5 meaning it does best in neutral soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Chinese pepper is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.
See our list of companion Plants for Chinese pepper to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.
In the perfect conditions these plants will reseed readily and can bear the fruits most of the year with short periods of rest.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). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 18°C / 64°F to ensure good germination.
The aji dulce can be harvested when fully grown and still green and at different stages after that. They will turn orange or red and a variety of shades make a colorful “sofrito”.
Let the fruit mature on the plant and slice in two. take out the seeds and dry them in a paper towel. Save them in a small paper envelope.
These estimates for how long Chinese pepper takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 14 days | Min 2 days | Max 32 days (376)
Average 35 days | Min 35 days | Max 37 days (3)
Average 137 days | Min 36 days | Max 245 days (134)
Dutch-Austrian botanist Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin erroneously named the species in 1776, because he believed that they originated in China
Misspellings: Capsicum chinenese
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