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PlantFiles: Chile Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Bolivian Rainbow'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Bolivian Rainbow

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Unknown - Tell us

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Small (under 2" in length)

Fruit Color:
Purple changing to red

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Fresh (salsa, salads)

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

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3 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive EvilPlot On Jun 15, 2011, EvilPlot from Calgary , AB (Zone 3a) wrote:

I sowed a couple of seeds I obtained from a friend. I'm very surprised it germinated at all as I'm in zone 3a and it has been sitting outdoors from early may and weathered a few hailstorms. One seedling got decapitated by a large-ish hailstone, but the other one is a fighter :) Feeling sorry for it, hence bought a mini greenhouse for it to live in. Slow growth, probably because it's cool here even in June. Glossy leaves. Can't wait to have the rainbow fruits in a few weeks!

Neutral Dorkasaurus On Mar 8, 2009, Dorkasaurus from Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is very similar to NuMex Centennial. Purple foliage, purple flowers, tiny fruit starting purple then turning white to yellow to orange to red. Small plants and grows well in containers. Not very tasty but hot. Beautiful plants everybody should grow at least one.

Positive gardenbugde On Sep 6, 2008, gardenbugde from Smyrna, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

This has been a fun and interesting plant! I obtained seeds from a fellow gardener. I sowed in early spring, indoors, in foam cups. I had 100% germination, which surprised me! The peppers are gorgeous!- starting out a bold purple and fading to orange and then turning red. Make room for these next year people! I have mine in a strawberry pot with Black Pearl and Medusas. A very lovely combo! Seeds will be available soon! Please contact me and I'll put you on the list.

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 10, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

According to the Capsicum variety database; "Tear-drop shaped peppers turn from purple to yellow to orange to red with all colours present on the plant at the same time. Great container plant. Very prolific. (Capsicum annuum). 75 days to ripen. Heirloom variety. Grown in Bolivia. Ever bearing, 2-3 foot plants have purple foliage and flowers and yield tiny, pointed 1 inch fruits."

Neutral Mitjo On Dec 28, 2002, Mitjo from Lappeenranta
Finland (Zone 3a) wrote:

chilepepper which make purple flowers and fruits...


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tucson, Arizona
Clovis, California
San Francisco, California
Smyrna, Delaware
Miami, Florida
Western Springs, Illinois
Urbandale, Iowa
Frankfort, Kentucky
Leesville, Louisiana
Ellicott City, Maryland
Tishomingo, Mississippi
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Charlotte, North Carolina
Wren, Ohio
Corvallis, Oregon
Goodlettsville, Tennessee
Brazoria, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Lake Jackson, Texas
Charlottesville, Virginia

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