Chinese 5 Color Pepper hold true to their name. An edible ornamental, these Christmas bulb shaped peppers start out purple then lighten to a cream color, then yellow, orange and eventually a bright red. Compared to the Habanero (215,000 Scovilles) this pepper is a light weight coming in around 5,000 to 30,000 Scovilles.
The fruit of Chinese 5 Color is fairly small, only 1 1/2 inches long. The plants are shrub-like with green leaves. Purple veins run through the leaves and the purple flowers are small and insignificant.
Being sensitive to the cold, planting should be delayed until the danger of frost is past in the spring. Ideal temperatures are 70 to 80 degrees F during the day, and 60 to 70 degrees F at night. Usually, the plants set satisfactory crops when temperatures are between 65 and 80 degrees F and the soil is well-supplied with moisture. Avoid a soggy, water-logged soil condition when growing peppers.
How To Grow: Plant in full sun.
Spacing: Plant 12″-15″ apart.
Height: Grows 18″ to 20″ tall.
Outstanding Features: All colors are present on the plant at the same time creating a colorful display.
Tips: Water plants thoroughly after transplanting. Avoid planting under conditions that will stunt the plants and lead to poor production, such as cold weather, lack of sufficient soil moisture, or lack of sufficient fertilizer. Water deeply but not too often.
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