Chili Pepper

Capsicum annuum

Sprouts in: 7 - 21 days
Enjoy for: 90 - 120 days
Plant is edible!
Grows best at: 20°C to 35°C (68°F to 95°F)
Heat on Scoville scale: 20000

  • Chili fruits have a heat level of up to 20 000 on Scoville heat units.
  • You can speed up the germination process by raising the temperature to 79°F (26°C).
  • If multiple seeds germinate in each pod, leave one seedling to grow per plant pod to ensure enough space and nutrients for the plant to grow.
  • Do not not cut or prune your Chili Pepper plant before fruiting - it will form flowers and fruits at the top of the plant.
  • Once your plant is flowering it needs to be pollinated by hand. Do this by gently shaking your plant to carry pollen from one blossom to the next.
  • Chili Pepper fruits ripen from white/purple to a bright red colour approximately 12 weeks from planting.
  • Please note! The leaves and seeds of the Chili Pepper can be hot too. It is always a good precaution to wash your hands after touching a chili plant. It is also best to avoid rubbing your eyes or touching other sensitive body parts after handling any chilies.

Fun facts!

  • Chili pepper pods have a heat level of up to 20 000 on Scoville heat units.
  • If too many pods mature at the same time it is best to dry them for longer storage or make spicy oil or vinegar.
  • Capsaicin (that gives chili the pungency) has proven pain-fighting capabilities, so if you live with pain, it may help reduce your inflammation that might be causing it.
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